How to Grow Herbs Inside in the Winter


It's not hard to grow herbs inside during the winter, as long as you have a sunny window you can place them by. They need six to eight hours of sunlight every day, along with water and just a little bit of attention. Many herbs thrive inside, including rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, caraway, chives, cilantro, cumin, winter savory, lavender and dill.

Step 1

Choose which herbs you want to grow. Consider what types of herbs you currently use and what types you would like to experiment with. Don't limit yourself to herbs you can use in recipes, because there are other uses for herbs. Lavender and rosemary, for example, are used in home spa treatments.

Step 2

Wash your pots in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Fill the pots with potting soil or a mixture of equal parts potting soil, perlite, peat moss and sand. Read the seed packets for directions on how deep to plant the seeds, as this will vary from one herb to another. Water them thoroughly. Put the plants in a sunny window.

Step 3

Water regularly but only when the soil is dry. Fertilize about every two weeks. With herbs, it's better to underfertilize than overfertilize. Turn the plants every few days so each side gets some sun. The temperature of your house should be kept at 70 degrees or lower. Run a humidifier and group the herbs together to help them retain moisture. Also, put rocks on a tray with your herbs and dribble some water on the tray, just to the bottom of the pots, to keep the humidity up.

Step 4

Cut a sprig of each herb regularly to encourage new growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Herb seeds
  • Pots with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer


  • Herbs; Pat Ross; 2001
  • University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension: Healthy Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Keywords: growing herbs indoors, herb gardens, winter herb gardening

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Janet Clark has worked as a professional writer for nine years. She has had more than 400 articles published. Her work has appeared in The Iowan, Iowa Gardening, Friends Journal,The Des Moines Register, Today Magazine, Fort Dodge Business Review,The Messenger, and She has also written a novel, Blind Faith. Clark has received several awards from the Iowa Press Women for her work.