How to Grow Herbs in a Window


Growing herbs at home is an easy way to ensure you have a plentiful, year-round supply of fresh spices for all of your favorite dishes. While most herbs will do better outdoors, you can still plant a hearty variety of herbs inside your home as long as you have access to a sunny window sill. Herbs grown indoors can often provide tasty seasonings year round. Moving outdoor herbs indoors for the winter is a convenient way to get year round growth from the plants in your backyard garden.

Step 1

Plant the herbs in well-draining soil. Herbs that require a lot of water--such as parsley, cilantro and basil--should be grown in plastic containers to help retain water. Herbs that require less water--such as thyme, oregano and sage--should be planted in terra cotta containers to help draw out excessive moisture. For all herbs, select pots with drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2

Transition outdoor herbs to indoor conditions slowly. If you are bringing herbs in for the winter, begin by moving them to a partially shaded area for a few weeks before taking them indoors permanently.

Step 3

Situate herbs in a window sill that gets plenty of sunlight. A minimum of four hours of direct sunlight each day is required. South-facing windows are best. Supplement with grow lights if your herbs prefer a greater amount of sunlight than what you can provide in a window sill.

Step 4

Water the herbs when the soil is dry to the touch. Apply water evenly over the surface of the container until it begins to drain out of the holes in the bottom of the container.

Step 5

Adjust the indoor temperature to around 65 degrees or 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Turn the thermostat to around 50 degrees, or as low as you can handle if this is too cold for you, at night. This will help simulate outdoor conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil
  • Plastic or terra cotta containers
  • Window sill
  • Grow light
  • Water


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