Plants are a beautiful addition to any space, and they don’t have to be difficult to maintain. Growing plants in pots give you the freedom to take your plant with you when you move or go on holiday. Follow these simple steps for finding the best pot plants for your space and needs:
- Learn whether or not your pot plant is low light, medium light, or high light plant
- Find out if the pot plant has a long stem so it can hang down, prefers having only leaves on top of the soil (like an airplant), is sensitive to root disturbance (which means disliking being transplanted), or prefers having lots of roots and being a ground cover plant
- Finally, find out about the pot requirements and height that your plant requires so you can buy one that will fit in your space.
Here are some herbs that you should consider for growing in pots:
- Basil – This perennial herb is widely popular due to its refreshing scent and ability to survive long periods of heat. Basil doesn’t like having wet feet and will also be unhappy if you water them too frequently, so you should keep in mind. This herb likes well-drained soil with plenty of light, which means that there is no need to add extra fertilizer as the basil will take care of that for you. Basil doesn’t like to be transplanted, so you should use the same pot that it is growing in.
- Thyme – Thyme is a perennial herb that is easy to grow and, like Basil, will take care of its own fertilizer. The only thing it can really use is lots of suns so you should put it near a window or in an area where it will get plenty of sunshine. Thyme can be easily grown in a pot, but you should make sure that it has drainage holes in the bottom for excess water to escape. It also shouldn’t be fertilized too often because this can cause the thyme leaves to become bitter.
- Oregano – Oregano is a soft-leaved, perennial herb that grows in a small roundish leaf. The leaves are edible and can be used to simmer soups or seasoning salads. With no strong flavors, oregano can be used for any dish, and it can also make a great pizza topping. Oregano likes to have moist soil, but it also likes lots of sunlight, so you should make sure you either move it to a spot with sunlight or put some hanger so that the plant will grow upwards.
- Parsley – Parsley is usually enjoyed for its leaves, but most people don’t realize that it also has roots used to make a spice called “dill weed.” Even though Dino (as in Dinosaur) is an herb, parsley will not grow in the same pot as other herbs. This is because parsley likes to have its own pot to be separated from other plants, and it won’t compete for important nutrients since parsley grows best when there are more nutrients present.
- Fennel – Fennel is a plant that has large feathery leaves and a small roundish bulb with a sweet taste. It is usually used in many Italian dishes and can be served as a side or eaten raw. The bulb of the fennel is edible, and it can be sliced up and added to salads, stir-fries sauté, or even eaten raw. A common misconception is that fennel should not be grown from seeds because it needs to be started from bulbs, but this is not true.
- Mint – Mint is a soft-leaved, perennial herb that is enjoyed for its fresh and cooling scent. There are many different types of mint, so you should be sure to choose a type that your family or friends enjoy. Mint can be grown in pots very easily as long as it has good drainage because too much water will cause the roots to rot. Mint likes lots of sun, and it grows best when planted in an area with sandy soil.
- Chives – Chives are enjoyed for their scallion-like taste and are great for sprinkling on cooked vegetables, blended into soups, or even eaten raw. The only thing to keep in mind when growing chives is that they don’t like to be transplanted, so you should make sure that it has plenty of room in the soil. Chives will grow best by getting plenty of sunlight.
- Chamomile – Chamomile is a perennial herb that grows in a tall plant with small leaves. It can be used to make tea, and it has many medicinal uses as well. The flower that grows on the chamomile plant can be used to make jam and honey, so you should make sure you grow some for that purpose. Chamomile is very easy to keep cool, as it likes all areas of the country (except for south Texas).
- Lavender – Lavender is a perennial herb used to make lavender-based products such as soap. Lavender is usually delicate and has many small leaves on it. Lavender can be added to any dish and also makes an excellent potpourri. The flower of lavender can be used to make oil, so you should make sure you grow some for that purpose too. Lavender grows best in full sun, and it will not like to be transplanted.
- Rosemary – Rosemary is a perennial herb that grows in a small woody tree. It likes full sun, and it’s usually used for seasoning meat or chicken. Also, rosemary has a great smell and helps to keep your house smelling fresh. Rosemary likes well-drained soil with lots of water, so you should plant it near a flowing body of water or use a growing medium that can hold water like rock wool.
- Sage – Sage is very easy to grow and only needs good drainage in order to thrive. Also, sage is a perfect herb to grow indoors during the winter months because it takes very little care, and you’ll be able to keep it growing. You can use sage in soups, stews, or meat dishes. It also has many medicinal qualities that can help with breathing problems, sore throats, colds, and even coughs.