How to Plant Herbs in a Pot


There are many plants classified as herbs. Some grow to be large bushes and others grow as ground covers. Popular herbs such as basil and rosemary are used in cooking. Others, such as roses or horehound, are used for medicinal purposes. Any herb can be grown in a container of the proper size, in the right location and supplied with correct amount of fertilizer and moisture. When choosing a pot for planting herbs, be sure to choose one that is appropriate for the eventual size of the plant as some herb plants get large quickly.

Step 1

Place the herb pot where it will receive the proper lighting requirements. Most herbs need at least six hours of bright sunlight each day. Locate the herb pot near a source of water to simplify the watering ritual.

Step 2

Add a 1 inch layer of pebbles or small gravel to the bottom of the container or herb pot to ensure proper drainage.

Step 3

Fill the container half full with potting soil.

Step 4

Place the herb plant in a planting container at the same depth it was planted in the previous location, adding potting soil to stabilize the herb plant.

Step 5

Gently tamp down the potting soil around the herb plant to secure it in its new location. Add water to settle the plant and soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Pebbles or small gravel


  • Purdue University Extension: Growing Herbs
  • University of Missouri-Columbia: Growing Herbs at Home
  • Herb Gardening Guru: Growing Herbs in Containers
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.