How to Grow Herbs in Your Home


Grow herbs in your home and reap a fresh harvest all year long. Herbs, such as basil, chives, rosemary and thyme--just to name a few--are excellent herbs to grow indoors in your home. Some herbs, such as oregano, will grow for years as perennials, while other herbs, such as cilantro, will grow as annuals and need replanting every year. You can begin to grow your herbs any time of year in your home, however, starter plants will be easier to find at your local nursery in the spring.

Step 1

Choose a pot with drainage holes to grow your herbs. In general, each herb needs 1 gallon of soil. Plant individual herbs in 1-gallon pots, or more than one herb in larger pots (for example, two plants in a 2-gallon pot). Choose heavier clay pots for tall herbs, such as dill, so they don't tip over.

Step 2

Fill the pot with high-quality potting soil that is already mixed with fertilizer, if possible. Leave about 1 inch of space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Step 3

Plant the herbs to so the top of the root ball is even with or just below the top of the soil. Evenly space multiple herbs in larger pots. Lightly tamp down the soil.

Step 4

Water the herbs until the water comes out the drainage holes and water again when the soil is dry 2 to 3 inches deep (test with finger).

Step 5

Place the herbs in a sunny location, such as in front of a south-facing window, and fertilize once every two months with a slow-release fertilizer or every three to four waterings with a water-soluble fertilizer. Use a complete fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) and follow the dosing instructions written on the package. If your potting soil was not mixed with fertilizer already, apply your first fertilizer application right after planting, before watering.

Step 6

Harvest herbs by pinching or cutting off branches with a pair of hand clippers. Most herbs produce more when they are harvested at least once every two to three of weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Herb starter plants
  • Planting pot
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Hand clippers


  • Utah State University Extension: Herb Container Garden
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Melissa Lewis has been a professional writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in various online publications. A former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist, Lewis is also a script writer, with a movie script, "Homecoming," she co-wrote currently in production. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.