Herbs are Easy to Grow Indoors in the Winter
Sunday, November 19, 2023
A quick and easy way to add flavor to some of your favorite dishes is to incorporate fresh herbs. Although the outdoor growing season is over, growing herbs indoors is easy to do, and it’s a practical way to have fresh herbs on hand for culinary activities.
Rosemary, thyme, mint, chives, basil, parsley and oregano adapt well to indoor growing conditions.
Gardeners who grew herbs during the summer can divide the existing herb plants into smaller plants and establish them indoors. If herbs weren’t part of the garden this summer, purchasing small herb plants at the local garden center is another option, as is purchasing an indoor herb garden kit.
If repotting from the summer, wash off any existing soil from the roots and pot them in a well-drained potting mix that is readily available at a garden center. Choose smaller pots because indoor space is probably limited.
Most herbs thrive in a lot of natural light. Choose a spot that gets at least five hours of sunlight each day. A southern exposure window sill is a great location to place the pots of herbs. If the home has single-pane windows, make sure the plants don’t touch the glass because the plants may freeze when winter sets in. Ideally, most herbs prefer temperatures between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be sure to regularly trim and harvest the plants as this encourages growth and keeps the plants from becoming leggy. However, don’t remove more than one-third of the plant at a time. Check the plants regularly for any signs of pests or disease.
Indoor heating makes the air dry, and herbs typically like humidity. Gardeners can use a humidifier, mist the plants occasionally or place a tray filled with water and pebbles under the pots to increase the humidity. Check the soil moisture regularly. Be careful not to overwater as this will cause root rot. Underwatering will stress the plant.
Plants typically don’t need fertilizer during the winter, but if it is warranted, apply a diluted liquid fertilizer sparingly.
With proper care, you can enjoy the flavors of fresh herbs all winter long.