Known as special plants that possess interesting and useful qualities, herbs can be grown in two different ways – outdoor and indoor. The methods involved when growing an indoor herb are less complicated and easier than cultivating an herb outside. Additionally, indoor growing of these plants requires less effort and time from the part of gardeners. However, before they plant herbs in indoor gardens, there are important factors that every gardener should consider.
Selection of Herb Seeds and Containers
The proper selection of plant seeds is an important part of growing an indoor herb since there are seeds that are not conducive in indoor type of gardening. Some herbs that grow well in indoor gardens are lavender, mint, and basil. In addition, rosemary, oregano, and chamomile also thrive in indoor gardens. After selecting the type of herbs that they want to cultivate, gardeners should not forget to look at the expiry date of the seed packages. Of course, it will be hard for gardeners to grow expired seeds in indoor gardens. It is also best to purchase extra packets of seeds because in most cases only a small proportion of seeds grow. When it comes to selecting pots, gardeners must consider containers with drainage.
Amount of Sunlight and Soil Content
When growing an indoor herb, it is essential that people know how much amount of sunlight and soil the plant needs. Before planting herb seeds, gardeners should also have knowledge on the type of soil the seeds thrive since there are herbs that need rich soil while others grow well in medium-rich soil. In addition, the lighting conditions in an indoor garden are important to the growth of the seeds. For indoor gardens that do not get ample sunlight, they can always use a fluorescent light to supplement the needs of indoor herbs.
Proper Watering of Indoor Herbs
Another important aspect that gardeners must first know when growing an indoor herb is the appropriate amount of water a plant needs. Overwatering is harmful to many indoor herbs and one of the signs that these plants experience overwatering is when their leaves start to become yellowish.
Growing an indoor herb requires great attention from gardeners. By knowing the unique and special characteristics of these plants, growing an indoor herb will be more enjoyable and fun. Aside from planting and cultivating indoor herbs, it is also necessary that they have sufficient understanding on the proper preservation of the useful parts of these special plants. By doing so, gardeners can surely maximize opportunities that growing indoor herbs offer to them.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:32:37.