Would it be fair to say that growing herbs indoors is easy? Technically speaking, the answer is yes, though it of course depends entirely on what you are doing. After all, driving a car is technically a pretty easy thing to do, but not if you’ve never had any experience in the driver’s seat.
This is why anyone looking to get into the cultivation of herbs at home should prior to going ahead carry out at least a little preliminary research. Growing indoors with hydroponic systems really couldn’t be simpler, but it’s still of crucial importance to follow all necessary rules along the way.
So with this in mind, here’s a quick overview of the six most important rules of all to follow when growing herbs indoors – aside of course from a few common-sense pointers most should be able to work out for themselves:
1 – Plant Herbs with Similar Requirements Together
First and foremost, rather than simply choosing a substantial and abundant collection of seeds or cuttings and throwing them all in together, try to bear in mind that many herbs have very different requirements than their counterparts. From the soil composition to watering to temperatures to lighting requirements and so on, it will save you a heck of a lot of time and trouble if you ensure you plant herbs with similar requirements together in the first place.
2 – Don’t Starve Them of Sunlight
Even if you’re planning to invest in a solid hydroponics system for your indoor herb garden, it’s worth remembering that there’s no substitute for sunlight that’s quite as good as real sunlight. As such, there will be plenty of time during which you have no choice other than to provide the light your plants need artificially, but when and where there is plenty of sunshine available, you might as well put it to good use. After all, it’s free!
3 – Don’t Eat Their Energy Sources
It’s always tempting to want to pick and eat the biggest, greenest and most succulent-looking leaves any herb plant has to offer – it’s also a fatal mistake. Try to remember that the leaves of your herbs are perhaps best compared to solar panels which soak up light in order to facilitate growth and survival. As such, if you eat all of their biggest solar panels and leave them with only the smallest panels remaining, they’re gonna have a much harder time getting their peaks.
4 – Grow From Cuttings (If Possible)
Sure, there’s something uniquely satisfying about growing herbs directly from seeds, but if you are looking for the fastest results and the strongest possible plants, you’d be better off growing from cuttings. Of course this isn’t always possible and opinions differ, but for the sake of both efforts required and results…well, let’s just say one makes more sense than the other.
5 – Cut Early and Often
Chances are you will instinctively want to wait until your plants are bigger and stronger before you begin hacking away at them with the trimming scissors. Nevertheless, it is good practice to get into the habit of making a few cuts early and often to stimulate stronger leaf growth from the earliest possible juncture.
6 – Pest Patrol
Last but not least, never for one moment fall into the trap of assuming that just because your herb garden is indoors and has always been indoors that it is completely immune to pest problems. This isn’t the case at all and so you need to be just as focused and aware of any signs of infestation as you would be if you were growing the same plants out in the wild.