Indoor Herb Garden Tricks for the Most Lush Windowsill on the Block
An adaptable perennial beloved for its fresh fragrance and cool flavor, mint is a perfect candidate for indoor growth due to its hardiness. The herb should be kept consistently damp, but be careful: Drowning the plant in excess moisture will hasten its decomposition.Furthermore, Carr advises, mint requires substantial sunlight to thrive. "Most plants demand full sunlight. If they do not receive adequate light, their growth can be stunted and they can succumb to disease."
Parsley presents an excellent opportunity for windowsill cultivation and is most prolific when exposed to sunlight and sufficient periodic hydration. Much like mint, parsley needs sunlight at least several hours per day. "If you do not have an east- or south-facing window for sunlight, install a grow light," Carr advises. "Grow lights use a photosynthesis-optimizing light spectrum that plants need."
Whether sauteed with brown butter and drizzled over a dish or swirled into a sweet cocktail, sage is a key ingredient in any chef's culinary arsenal. When placed on a sunny perch, sage perennials can grow in an indoor environment."Try to position each plant to receive as much full sun as possible and turn the pots in the windowsill," Carr recommends. Rotating your herbs will ensure that the plant's entirety gains sufficient sunlight for photosynthesis without overexposing a single side and thus fostering unbalanced growth or premature peaking.
Carr cautions that rosemary can be a temperamental plant, but attentive care can yield great growth. "Don't overwater your herbs, as mildew can occur," Carr says. Insects are also a concern for sensitive plants like rosemary. "Periodically check for pests, and use an organic pesticide if you find an infestation such as aphids or mealworms."
An herbaceous addition to pestos, salads, and meat marinades alike, cilantro grows rapidly after its initial planting and wilts relatively quickly thereafter. However, its short life span can be reasonably protracted with several hours of direct sunlight per day and moderate heat below 70 degrees, a temperature range to which many indoor herbs respond well.