How To Grow Aromatic Herbs At Home?
Plants, flowers and other things like these not only add beauty to your home but at the same time are much more beneficial in so many ways. Apart from improving the ambiance of your house, plants also give you a refreshing feeling; in fact, they add freshness to the air.
Above all, many plants, flowers and herbs have tremendous utility in your kitchen, in addition to their medicinal value.
That’s why people love to have plants in their home, especially indoors. There are hundreds of varieties of different plants that can be grown easily in your backyard garden or even indoors, in pots.
Each one has its own utility and benefits. But there are so many aromatic herbs that can easily be grown in your home garden or in pots or containers, indoors.
The best part of growing aromatic herbs in your home is their unique scent which spreads all around giving a pleasant feeling. Additionally, these look beautiful and gives a decorative touch to your home.
These aromatic herbs are frequently used in the kitchen in various dishes to make them tastier and healthier. Aromatic herbs also have their unique utility as a natural remedy to so many ailments.
In this article, we will guide you on how to grow aromatic herbs at home.
General Guidance On Growing Aromatic Herbs At Home
Though it is very easy to grow aromatic herbs at home in your backyard garden or indoors in containers, yet you must know some basic things that may help you a lot in growing them successfully.
If you are planning to grow herbs indoors, prefer to buy plants from the nursery or garden shop. Select those plants which have not yet been shifted outdoors by the nursery people. This is very important. If you buy plants that are growing outside already, shifting them into your home, indoors may cause a damaging impact owing to environmental change.
- During winter, most of the herbs do not grow fast; rather this is a resting period for them. So, take good care of them during winter and give minimum possible water to them during winter.
- Clipping on regular intervals helps improve their growth.
- Plant each type of herb in separate containers. Growing different types in one container are not at all recommended. Similarly, if you are planting them in the garden, plant one type of herbs at one place; do not mix them. Mixing different species or varieties of herbs in one container may result in various diseases.
- As a general rule, always use pots or containers having sufficient drainage holes in the bottom to avoid waterlogging. Remember, water retained in the containers, in excess of the requirement of plants, results in fungus and various other diseases to plants.
- Fill the pots or containers with good quality home garden soil. This soil must be available in your local garden shop. Never use soil from your backyard or anywhere else, as it may contain harmful ingredients or germs.
- For those herbs or plants that grow best in a soil having a bit of extra lime, you may add a couple of crushed eggshells in the soil.
- Fertilizers are a must for the herbs grown in pots. So, add fertilizer to your herbs that help grow more leaves, instead of more flowers. Reason? The most useful part of the herbs is their leaves, not the flowers.
- While watering the herbs, do not sprinkle water on leaves; rather water them near the stem. If possible, add a teaspoonful of fishmeal to 4 liters of water. This will provide sufficient nutrients to the herbs.
- Avoid overwatering. Make sure that the soil gets sufficiently dry before you go for next watering. Remember, yellowing of leaves is a major sign of overwatering.
- Place the containers at places where they receive good sunshine during a reasonable part of the day.
Which Herbs To Grow At Home?
As said earlier, there are hundreds of varieties of aromatic herbs that can easily be grown at home. However, here are some most common herbs recommended for your home.
Lemongrass is a quite useful herb that grows easily in your home. Interestingly, it can be grown without soil. Just buy the stalk of lemongrass from your local market. Select one having the good amount of stem. Trim from the top and place it in the water a couple of inches deep. It will produce many shoots and roots for your kitchen use.
There are two types of mint, peppermint, and spearmint. Both can be grown easily at home. For indoors, peppermint is the best option out of the two. Can be grown through seeds in pots having good quality garden soil. Though it can grow successfully under shade but make sure it gets ample sunshine for a short period during the day.
Chives are a kind of herb that does not require much sunshine, so best for indoors. Can be grown from the already established plants of chives. Just pick a bunch from the grown-up plant (ensuring that it contains roots as well). Plant it in pots with good quality potting soil. Roots should be covered properly with the soil. For speedy and best growth, trim a good portion of growth on the top.
It is the seed of an herb known as cilantro. Can be grown very easily in your home.
Very common herb used frequently in almost all households. Can be grown from seeds, which start germination within two weeks. Very much a friendly herb, as it needs a minimum of care. However, remember it is a slow growing herb.
Thyme is also very popular herb grown at home. It needs plenty of sunshine during the day. While grown indoors, it may also need supplemental light, which may be provided through artificial lights such as electric bulbs. A variety of thyme, known as lemon thyme has a unique scent and flavor; hence recommended for your home garden.
Like the thyme, oregano also needs plenty of sunshine during the day. So, plant them at a place where they can get direct sunlight for more than six hours a day.
Another useful aromatic herb that can be grown at home. Needs special care while watering, as it can easily be damaged with slightest of overwatering. Some varieties are just like the creeping plants whereas a few are of the bush-like appearance. Tuscan Blue and blue spire are the best options for the home garden.
Though very useful for your kitchen, this herb is somewhat difficult to grow at your home, especially during winter season. With little extra effort, you can grow them in your garden or even indoors. Best varieties recommended for you are African Blue or Spicy Clobe.
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