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How to Plant Herbs in Small Pots Indoors

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

If you have a green thumb but no gardening space, consider growing an indoor herb garden in small pots. Start with one or two herbs, or be adventurous and grow as many as you like. The only requirements are good soil, water and a sunny window. Herbs grown in small pots will add interest to your indoor environment and if you’re a foodie or an herbal tea aficionado, you’ll have a ready supply of fresh herbs at your fingertips.

Decide what herbs you want to plant. Most herbs do well grown indoors in small pots, including parsley, chamomile, thyme, oregano, lavender, sage, mint and chives. Visit a garden center or nursery and purchase a small start of each herb, along with a 6- or 8-inch pot for each one. Be sure the pots have drainage holes in the bottoms.

Mix your own growing medium for herbs by combining three parts commercial potting soil with one part perlite. Although herbs can be grown in plain potting soil, the perlite will provide excellent drainage.

Put a few pebbles in the bottom of the pot, and fill the pot with the potting soil mixture. The pebbles will increase air circulation to the herb’s root system.

Remove the herb carefully from the pot it came in. Use your hands or a trowel to dig a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the herb‘s root ball, and plant the herb in the hole. Mist the plant immediately.

Put the herb pot where it will get at least four to six hours of sunlight each day. If this isn’t possible, you may need to use a small grow light, especially during the winter months.

Keep the soil slightly damp, and don’t water so much that the soil will be soaked. Give the herbs an organic liquid fertilizer once each week. Never use chemical fertilizers on your indoor herb garden.


Things You Will Need

  • Herb starts
  • 6- or 8-inch pots
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Pebbles
  • Trowel
  • Spray mister
  • Grow light (optional)
  • Organic liquid fertilizer

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.