How to Grow Herbs Indoors From Seeds

Overview

An indoor herb garden is a simple way to ensure fresh herbs are available for your favorite recipes. While nurseries carry some herb seedlings, it is less expensive and you have more choice if you start your own herbs from seeds. Choose three or four of your favorites to start with and then add a couple more varieties each year to expand your garden. Most kitchen herbs grow well indoors if they are properly taken care of.

Step 1

Fill 6- to 8-inch diameter pots with a quality potting mix. Moisten the mix throughout so it is damp but not soggy.

Step 2

Sow two herb seeds per pot, using only the same variety in each pot. Plant seeds to a depth twice their width or sow small seeds on the soil surface and cover with a quarter inch of soil.

Step 3

Cover the pots with a layer of plastic wrap. Place in a 65 to 70 Fahrenheit room to germinate, which takes seven to 14 days for most herb varieties.

Step 4

Remove the plastic wrap once seeds germinate. Place the pots in a sunny, south- facing window or under grow lights that are 3 inches above the top of the seedlings.

Step 5

Keep the soil moist but not wet at all times. Water when the soil surface just begins to dry.

Step 6

Thin seedlings once they produce their second set of leaves. Pluck the smaller and weaker seedling from the pot leaving the stronger plant in place.

Step 7

Fertilize every two weeks with a half-strength liquid houseplant feed or use a slow release fertilizer every two to three months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid getting fertilizer on the plant's leaves as this may damage or burn them.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Grow lights
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Missouri Extension:Growing Herbs At Home
Keywords: indoor herb garden, growing potted herbs, starting herb seeds

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.