What do I do wrong by grewing herbs at home?

Question by angelikabertrand64: What do I do wrong by grewing herbs at home?
Well , a week ago I purchase an herb kit. I followed the directions.
First, I poured warm water in a bowel. Than I put the pellets of soil in them to make them grow and rise. Than I put them into the clay pots that came with the kit. Put the seeds in. Every day following the instruction, I have than sprayed water every other day. Still have not seen anything go up.
So why is it that in the cooking shows they alway’s have these healthy looking growing herbs in their pods?

Best answer:

Answer by amanda r
It may take longer than a week for the stuff to come up. Don’t give up on it.

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  1. To grow herbs successfully indoors you will need to provide for their needs of light, warmth, water, humidity and nutrients. Be sure to provide them with plenty of elbow room. Herbs hate to be grown where they have to compete for light and air. Here are the basics.

    Light Herbs needs lots of light to do well indoors. You will need to provide a minimum of 12 hours of strong light each day. Indoors in winter in Minnesota, this will require supplementing the available natural light. Fluorescent lights are the best for the job, providing the most light over the largest area for the least money.

    Temperatures Herbs will grow well in cool to average room temperatures. If possible, keep the room 10ยบ cooler at night.

    Air Circulation Plants indoors in the winter often suffer from stale air. You can ensure good air circulation with those little personal fans they sell in the housewares departments. You don’t want to create a wind, but it is important that fresh air be circulated through the area on a daily basis.

    Water/Humidity Most herbs prefer to stay evenly moist and are sensitive to over watering or soggy soils. Check them daily by pressing on the surface of the soil. If you can still feel moisture, leave it alone. It is better to run them a little dry than too wet. Rosemary is the exception. It can be easily damaged if it is allowed to dry out. At the same time, it hates to stay wet. Ideally, rosemary should grow in soil with excellent drainage so that you can water daily without fear of the soil becoming soggy.

    Where While you can grow herbs anywhere you grow plants, most kitchens are ideal because they are usually more humid and lighter than other rooms indoors. If you don’t have a sunny kitchen window, consider placing your plants beneath an under-the-cabinet light.

    Containers and Soil Any container with adequate drainage can be used for herbs. Clay pots give off moisture through the sides of the containers, allowing the soil to dry out more quickly. This can be an advantage, or disadvantage, depending on your soil and watering habits. Herbs need a well-drained potting soil that is high in organic matter. A mixture that is 2/3 quality potting soil and 1/3 sand is good for most herbs. When growing rosemary, make it a 50/50 mixture

    Fertilizing For a more intense flavor, keep your herbs a little hungry. When you do fertilize, use a water soluble plant food at half strength.

    Grooming and Pruning All indoor herbs will need occasional grooming to clean up any yellowing leaves, especially later in the winter. Once every month or so, place the plants in the shower or sink and rinse them off to remove any dust build up.

    Insects and Diseases Herbs aren’t any more or less likely to have problems indoors than any other plants. When dealing with pests on edible plants, be sure to use products such as Safer’s Insecticidal Soap or Schultz’s Instant Houseplant Spray.

    Harvesting/Using Culinary herbs should be pinched often to encourage new growth. To pinch, snip off the growing ends of branches and remove any bare stems down to their source. You can use what you have pinched fresh or it can be dried or frozen.

    Herbs Most Suitable for Growing Indoors
    Garlic Chives
    Scented Geraniums
    Winter Savory

    Herbs That Are Challenging* to Grow Indoors

    Lemon Verbena

  2. i but those clay pot kits every summer .. sometimes some of the herbs dont grow right.. i dont think i have good luck with the basil.. its doesnt grow very big.. try placing a clear sandwich bag over each pot if the pots are small enough to keep moisture in…. that always worked for mine! good luck!