Choose your herbs
- Small herb plants are available in the produce sections of most grocery stores and in garden centres.
- Start with herbs that you cook with most often: rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, cilantro, basil, sage and mint are in heavy rotation in our home, and they all grow quite well indoors. Chives and tarragon are great options as well.
Choose your pot
- Choose a pot that is at least 1 inch in diameter bigger than your plant. I look for herb plants that are in small 3–4-inch pots and then choose a pot that is 5-6 inches in diameter.
- Choose pots that have a hole in the bottom and have a matching saucer. This helps with drainage and any accidental over-watering.
Choose a sunny spot
- Most herbs prefer a lot of sunlight. Choose a window that provides 6 – 8 hours of sunlight.
- Growth can slow in the winter months when there isn't much natural light. Grow lights can be a great option for indoor herbs.
- Start with a handful of rocks, enough to cover the bottom of your pot about 1 inch thick.
- Add an inch of potting soil on top of the rocks and add more soil slowly pressing the soil into the sides as you work your way up, creating a well that will fit your herb plan.
- Sprinkle a bit of fertilizer. Consult package instructions for exact amount.
- Remove plant from old, temporary container, gently loosening the roots so they can expand and flourish in their new home.
- Use your fingers to press the herb plant into the soil well you’ve created, pressing down gently to remove any air and get the plant snug into the pot/soil.
- Spoon in soil to fill in any gaps and cover the top with ¼ – ½ inch of fresh soil.
- Water thoroughly and immediately.
- Place in a sunny position.
Don’t Over Water!
- Water when the soil looks and feels dry.
- Don’t overwater your herbs since soggy soil can cause root damage.
- I like to use a spray bottle to spritz the plant and the soil. This will keep it moist without overwatering.
- You can get moisture meters from most garden centers and plant stores. These allow you to poke the soil and to read the moisture levels.