Indoor Herb Garden Tips

Small Indoor Herb Garden by the Windowsill

Indoor herb garden is not that simple as most people thought it would be. However, if you will just take note on the 7 important factors for a successful indoor herb garden, then indoor herb gardening for you will be a very easy and rewarding hobby. Indoor herb garden can consist from just a few number of different herbs placed on the windowsill, to a large number of herb plants that can’t fit on the windowsill and may require complete indoor lighting. There are these 7 important factors that need to be addressed for a successful indoor herb garden to grow.

Indoor Herb Garden 7 Important Factors

Artificial Fluorescent Light Fixture for Indoor Herb Garden

  1. Light – for small indoor herb garden, placing your herbs on the windowsill can be beneficial for your herbs to grow naturally and healthy. For your herbs to be healthy under natural sunlight, keeping them exposed for at least 6 hours per day will be enough. However, if you do not have good source of natural sunlight for your indoor herb garden, you can use artificial light, such as fluorescent light fixtures, to simulate sunlight. When artificial light is used for your indoor herb garden, exposing all your herbs from 14 hours to 16 hours per day is beneficial.
  2. Temperature – For your indoor herb garden to easily thrive inside indoors, temperature should be maintained constantly between 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Air Ventilation – to prevent molds and other bacteria from growing and multiplying on the herbs of your indoor herb garden, proper air ventilation is a must. Always make sure that the air inside the room where your indoor herb garden is located keeps on circulating and well ventilated.
  4. Proper Soil Drainage – no matter what type of moisture your herbs want found in your indoor herb garden, containers and pots should contain exceptional drainage for your soil not to retain water for a long period of time. If you keep your soil for your indoor herb garden to be very wet, it can have bad effects on the roots of your herbs. You can even incorporate 1 part of potting soil, 1 part sand, and 1 part peat moss as a soil for all your herbs in your indoor herb garden.
  5. Fertilizer – Outdoor herb gardening ways of fertilizing is different from fertilizing ways for indoor herb garden. Fertilizing schedules between outdoor herb garden from indoor herb garden are different.
  6. Water – Since indoor herb garden is not located in a place with a direct exposure to natural sunlight and other environmental factors outdoors that can help in evaporating water, watering herbs found in your indoor herb garden should be done carefully. No matter what type of moisture your herbs want, too wet soil and herbs sitting on water all day long will not do any good.
  7. Pest Infestation – Always monitor and keep an eye of all your herbs for any infestation of pests or insects. If you see any signs of infestation, track the source of the problem and get rid of it. Pest infestation is a serious problem for your indoor herb garden.