Herbs as Houseplants
Windowsill herb gardening is easy... and fun. Many of the garden variety
herbs are suitable for growing indoors. All you need to get started with
windowsill herb gardening is a sunny window and a few starter herb plants.
Caring for you indoor herbs is really no different than caring for any
house plant. Bright light... weekly watering and monthly feedings with a
balanced liquid plant food. It's easy... and you'll be rewarded with a
harvest of fresh herbs..
Rabbit Shadow Farm... Colorado's premiere herb farm, has provided
us with these six easy steps to growing herbs indoors.
- Light... Place your new Herb plants in a very bright location
for continued growth. A windowsill or any location where direct sun
shine comes in the window for most of the day is best.
- Watering... allow the surface of the soil to dry down about 10%
of the depth of the pot between waterings. Thoroughly water your plant
until water runs from the drain holes. Be sure to not let your plant sit
in a saucer of water for very long.
- Feeding... Most planting mixes contain only low levels of
nutrients. Feed your plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer regularly.
- As the plants grow... they will eventually need a larger pot.
One with a drainage hole in the bottom is always best. Use any high
quality potting mix for the transplant.
- Harvesting... You can harvest up to half the leaves off your
plant without harming it. Cut back the stems for a bushier plant.
Usually, removing flowers... means more leaves will grow.
- Pests... Watch out for pests that will cause damage to your
plant. Look closely for tiny moving dots on the undersides of the
leaves, on the stems, and near the upper leaves. If you find any... wash
your plant in warm soapy water and rinse with a forceful spray of water.
Repeat if the insects reappear.