Growing herbs indoors and season long


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,402 admin

    With the exception of tarragon, all of these herbs are in the Lamiaceae family and I would suspect all members of that family would be able to be rooted like this. However, for some reason, I would not have thought about doing it with rosemary. I will have to give this a try. Rosemary and stevia plants tend to be more expensive than other herbs, so this would be a good way of expanding your herb garden at much less cost.

    I've done this will all of the mint species mentioned and they are very good at rooting. I've had basil root in water but it died as soon as I planted it. So maybe I should have just kept it going in water. I can see it being a good one for an aquaponic system.

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I haven't specifically tried growing herbs indoors, but I've had excellent success growing sprouts or shoots of spinach, broccoli, buckwheat, peas, daikon radish, and scallions (e.g., bunching onions). I use the inexpensive small aluminum bread pans and a bag of seed starting potting mix. The nutrient requirements are so low that I reuse the potting soil, and don't fertilize.

    All of these are so easy they will start under almost any lighting. A single fluorescent tube is sufficient. You don't need nearly as much light for this type of growing as you do to start tomatoes well; I've found fluorescents are NOT adequate for that.

    I would expect herbs to grow well under similar conditions. However, unlike shoots and sprouts, you would want to do some minimal fertilization, such as applying a fish emulsion occasionally in small quantities.

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,046 ✭✭✭✭

    @Monek Marie Thanks for this link. I made some notes and I am going to this a try. Think I will need to go to Goodwill and find an assortment of glasses for this project!