How to Grow Herbs in the Home

Overview

Growing herbs indoors is an efficient way to keep fresh herbs on hand for culinary use. Similar to their outdoor counterparts, indoor herbs need little more than a sunny location, well-drained soil and the occasional drink of water. There are several herb plants that grow well indoors, including basil, cilantro, oregano and chives.

Six Steps to Indoor Herbs

Step 1

Fill a flower pot with potting soil. Allow room in the pot for the herb plant as well as a top layer of soil. If the pot does not have drainage holes, create drainage by placing a layer of clean rock or gravel along the bottom of the pot.

Step 2

Plant each herb plant into a pot.

Step 3

Cover the base of the plant with potting soil.

Step 4

Water the herb plant to help it generate roots as well as stabilize the soil.

Step 5

Place in a sunny location. West Virginia University Extension states that different herbs have different light requirements, but most need a sunny location. Full sun is at least eight hours of sunlight. However, during the winter months, fluorescent lamps can provide supplemental lighting.

Step 6

Fertilize indoor herbs occasionally. According to the University of Missouri Extension service, indoor herb gardeners should fertilize as they would a houseplant. Check the directions on your all-purpose fertilizer for specific measurements.

Tips and Warnings

  • Potted plants are susceptible to root rot. It is very important that indoor plants not sit in excess water. If the saucer under the plant fills with water, dump it as soon as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Herb plants
  • Potting soil
  • Flower pot
  • Fluorescent lamp (optional)
  • All-purpose fertilizer

References

  • West Virginia University Extension: Indoor Herb Gardening
  • University of Missouri Extension: Growing Herbs at Home
Keywords: Indoor Herbs Gardens, Growing Culinary Plants, Kitchen Gardens

About this Author

Leah Deitz has been writing alternative health and environmental-related articles for five years. She began her writing career at a small newspaper covering city politics but turned to environmental concerns after beginning her freelance career. When she is not exploring the trails and outdoors of the East Coast, Deitz writes for a number of websites including eHow.com, Trails.com and Associated Content.