During this pandemic, we have seen a lot more people growing plants and herbs in their homes. If you think about it, this whole situation is much more economical and environment-friendly than buying plants from the supermarket.
Indoor Herbs vs. Indoor Plants
Herbs, in general, are more popular for growing indoors because they aren’t as easily infested by insects and diseases as indoor-grown plants are. Indoor plants are usually prone to different types of insects and parasites that ruin them. If the weather is dry and hot, you will find that most house plants are affected by red spider mites. Sometimes the plants are affected by rust too. However, with herbs, you need not worry about this.
Another reason why you consider growing herbs at home is that they require very little maintenance. All you need to start your herb garden are a few seeds. This saves you time and money.
Now that we know how effective herbs are and how easily they can be grown, it is time for you to plant some of the best herbs and spice up your food.
What are the top herbs to grow indoors?
All you have to do is plant the seeds in a pot and put it in a place that receives plenty of sunlight. You must also ensure that the soil is moist. If you notice the leaves getting yellow, add a bit of fertilizer to the soil for nourishment. The ideal season to plant this herb is either autumn or spring.
A rosemary herb can be planted anywhere. Whether you have an indoor garden, some extra space on the balcony or even a full outdoor garden. One thing you want to keep in mind about a rosemary herb is that you will need to add in a little bit of effort for it to live and thrive.
This herb grows best in rainwater soil, and can also grow quite tall and wide. We recommend you plant it outdoors initially. Once it grows out, you can trim it to an ideal size and then keep it indoors.
Contrary to what you may have heard, kratom can definitely be grown indoors. It’s just a bit difficult to replicate a tropical climate throughout the entire year. It can be especially costly if you live in cooler areas like Vancouver or Edmonton. You will also need to provide the plant with sufficient indoor lighting, such as high-intensity discharge (HID) light bulbs. However, make sure that the bulb is kept at a safe distance from the plant as the light can be a bit too strong for it. If you go down this path, just remember to frequently maintain a balance between giving the plant fresh air as well as keeping the temperature relatively stable and warm.
If you are looking for an herb that is easy to grow and maintain, then basil is the herb for you. This herb doesn’t take a lot of effort and can be grown anywhere – from your indoor garden to the backyard. Basil gives off a very pleasant fragrance too; so if you plant it indoors, your room will be filled with the organic smell of basil.
It has other benefits too. According to the Journal of Ayurvedic and Integrative Medicine, basil has the qualities of antidepressants and anti-anxiety properties.
You can plant the basil seeds in a pot and place the pot at a windowsill that receives plenty of sunlight. Also, make sure the soil is moist and well-drained. To keep the soil in this condition, you have to keep pruning it. This will ensure that the herb stays green and healthy.
Chives are one of those herbs that grows better outdoors and may require a little bit of extra effort in maintenance. However, once you start growing them for yourself, you will be surprised by the money you save on this spice.
This herb grows mainly in cold-weather regions. Hence, make sure that the soil is well-watered and kept in a comparatively cooler temperature that also receives adequate sunlight.
You might wonder if lavender is an herb. Well, not exactly. However, lavender can be used to flavor certain dishes. It becomes especially handy while baking. Lavender essence, for example, is the most sought-after essence for cakes. The smell of this essence makes the cake tastier. Besides, you can use it as a decor plant. Having a pot of lavender looks quite aesthetically pleasing too.
Some research shows that Lavender can be useful for treating anxiety and insomnia.
The lavender plant is very easy to maintain. All you need to do is plant the flower, put the pot under sunlight and water it regularly. No frequent trimming or maintenance required!