How to Plant an Herb Pot


Herb pots allow the kitchen gardener a way to incorporate fresh, bold flavors into meals. Potted herbs grow well indoors or outdoors and can be easily transported between the house and garden. Ensure a successful potted herb garden by selecting the right container and using healthy herb transplants, then keep your garden thriving by watering when the soil dries out.

Step 1

Plan your herb pots. Plant annual herbs together and perennial herbs together. Common perennial herbs include chives, rosemary and oregano; annual herbs include basil and cilantro. Alternately, plant one herb per pot.

Step 2

Select containers with drainage holes in the bottom. This will help prevent root rot disease in your herb pot. To determine the size of your containers and number of pots, follow the University of Southern Utah's suggestion of one gallon of potting mix per mature herb plant. A 12-inch pot can hold 3-1/2 gallons of potting mix and should support three or four herb plants.

Step 3

Fill your containers two-thirds full with a well-balanced potting mixture. Herbs grow best in containers that hold a non-soil potting mix composed of sand and sphagnum peat moss mixed with perlite or vermiculite.

Step 4

Remove one herb from its plastic container. Break apart the root ball with your fingers and untangle the roots. Prepare all herbs for planting in this manner.

Step 5

Place the herb in the container so its roots lay in the potting mix and its leaves are above the soil line. Fit all plants into the pot, planting no more than the suggested amount you determined earlier. Fill in the top of the pot with potting mix when you've fit the plants in the pot. Continue to add mix until the pot is full and your herbs are securely planted.

Step 6

Water the newly planted herbs until the soil compresses and water flows out the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Once you've watered all herb pots, move them to a location where they will receive sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Potting mix
  • Herb transplants
  • Water


  • University of Southern Utah: Herb Container Gardens
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Based in Northern California, Elton Dunn is a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant with 14 years' experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, education and the legal fields. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English.