Grow Herbs Indoors This Spring for Planting Outside

Herbs are wonderful indoor plants. They offer a breath of fresh air in the winter and spring.  Herbs can be great indoor plants providing beauty, accents to food, and good health.  And once they’re established, you can transplant them outside in the spring in the garden. If you have a place where there is light, water, and warmth  it’s possible to grow herbs inside.  Ideal places to grow herbs are often the bathrooms, kitchen, or  sun room.   Humidity and fertilizers are also required.

You can grow herbs from seed, or you can select seedling plants.  Plants that are healthy and green are a good place to start when selecting herbs. The plant should be compact and full from all sides. There should be some signs of new growth. If a plant is wilted or has stems that are withered,  avoid it. Consult the plant’s tag to determine if the required light and humidity requirements can be met in your home.

There is a multitude of herb plants that people can grow inside. There are many popular herb plants that are used in cooking. These herbs are good to grow in bright, indirect light: rosemary, parsley, chives, oregano, bay leaves, marjoram, sage, and mint. Basil, coriander (cilantro), dill, ginger, and thyme grow well in southern exposures. The care of raising healthy herbs requires good watering, the right temperatures, the correct amount of humidity and fertilizers, and good plant hygiene.

Herbs flourish when they are watered conservatively and consistently. Checking the water needs of a plant can be accessed pressing on the soil to determine whether a plant needs water. Plants benefit from good air in homes with regular circulation and average indoor temperatures. Maintaining the right amount of humidity for herbs can be difficult. Plants grow well receiving the right amount of humidity when they are placed on gravel filled trays of gravel.

Plants need fertilizer to succeed. Fertilizing once in the winter at half the strength is the right amount for herbs. Keeping herbs health also requires good grooming/ maintaining herbs by pinching back leaves to stimulate growth and giving them a rinse once a month in a shower or sink will help maintain herbs an to grow successfully.

Outdoors herbs can be right at home tucked in among the blooms in your flower beds if you don’t have a dedicated vegetable-growing spot.  Just make sure you know how large the plants will get (cilantro and dill can get over 4′) before putting them in the ground.  Consider a  spot near your back door to make cutting for kitchen use convenient.