How to Grow Culinary Herbs Indoors


Culinary herbs are used for enhancing a variety of dishes including chicken, pasta and seafood. Examples of culinary herbs include basil (Ocimum basilicum), oregano (Origanum vulgare), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris). Flower pots make growing culinary herbs indoors easy.


Step 1

Select a spot in your house that gets six hours of sunlight per day.

Step 2

Choose herbs such as basil, oregano and rosemary, as these herbs are easy to grow and maintain indoors. Allow for three to four herbs per 12-inch pot.

Step 3

Select a flower pot with a bottom drainage hole for each herb, allowing 6 to 8 inches for the herb's root system to develop.

Step 4

Place 1 inch of gravel in the flower pot to help with drainage. Fill the pot with garden soil. Dig a 3- to 4-inch hole for each herb.

Step 5

Gently remove the herb from the container, and place in the flower pot. Spread the soil evenly across the top of the herbs' roots.

Step 6

Water the herbs, and place the flower pot by a sunny window. Rotate the pot so the herbs get equal amount of sunlight. Place herbs under a 40-watt florescent light bulb if you don't have a sunny window. Leave herbs under the bulb for a minimum of 14 hours per day.

Step 7

Fertilize the soil with a slow-release fertilizer every two months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Herbs in containers will dry out quickly, especially on hot days. Check the herb's soil daily. Do not over-fertilize the soil, as doing so will harm the flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pot
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • Penn State University Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Herbs Indoors
  • University of Kentucky Extension Service: Culinary Herbs
  • West Virginia Extension Service: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • University of Illinois Extension Service: Growing Herbs in Containers

Who Can Help

  • Herb Society of America
  • Culinary Herb Guide
  • National Gardening Association
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Brandii Lacey began writing in 1997 at "The Mountain Times" in Boone, N.C. Her articles appear on, GardenGuides and eHow Home & Garden. She provides travel and lifestyle content for LIVESTRONG.COM. Lacey is the senior plays editor and on the nonfiction editorial team for "Mused Literary Review" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Appalachian State University.