Many growers of herbs like to utilize it for cooking throughout the year. However, the winter season can be a threat to growing herbs outdoors. In these situations, indoor herb gardens are the best option. However, growing herbs require utmost care particularly when it comes to lighting requirements.
In the United States, most herbs cannot withstand the cold temperature of winter. For this reason, herb growers need to take them indoors in pots and tubs in a well-lighted location. However, the condition must not be too hot as well. For outdoor herb gardens, you need to dig up the plant and transfer them into pots which is at least a couple of inch wider than the plant roots. An alternative to digging is making cuttings so that the herb can be transferred outdoors when spring comes.
However, in the case of herbs like lavender, geranium, thyme, rosemary, aloe, sage, and lemon verbena, these plants cannot do well outdoors so they need to be planted indoors to survive.
Unfortunately, bringing the herbs inside is not an indication that it will grow as well. While they may survive, they will appear wilted and has curled leaves.
For most people who are just starting out with herb gardening, growing herbs in doors demand more than just transferring the plant into pots and letting them grow there.
However, with some helpful tips, you can look forward to a productive and healthy herb garden which can be as enjoyable as growing the plant outside.
Herbs that thrive on windowsills do not require additional lighting or utmost care to grow during the winter. But if the windowsill is located in a cool location, there might be a need to transfer the herb regularly.
Depending on the location, there might not be enough lighting for growing herbs in doors. Most herbs like eastern and southern lighting otherwise, you might have to transfer the herbs in a place where there is lamplight or special lighting. If the outdoor herb is already placed in pots, moving the herb inside is relatively simple.
For those who use their herbs for medicinal, culinary, and health purposes, placing the plant in a special area with a four-foot long fluorescent tube lighting is an ideal alternative during the winter. The plant should be positioned five inches apart from the tubes.
By meeting the lighting and location requirements for the plant to survive, growing herbs in doors can be enjoyable and worthwhile.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:39:43.