My herb plants are doing horribly. I started an indoor herb garden
about a month ago. And my oregeno and Thyme are doing badly. I think
the oregeno is gone. The thyme could be saved. I am not sure... The
baby plants I have seem to be doing well. The basil, parsley, margerom
and chives as is my sage...but the other too. Well the less said the
better. How to help them. I must admit I have no idea which way our
window is facing, but I have plant bulb and I mist them daily. I think
I am doing every thing right. I would love for the fresh herbs to work,
but I am not sure how. Any suggestions or any suggestions of websites
or books I should read?
First it will help to understand that these are not plants which are ideally
suited to growth indoors - light conditions, temperatures and humidity
levels in most homes are just not suited for the growth of plants which
would be happiest outside. And you are growing a mix of herbs which require
different growing conditions - sage, oregano, marjoram and thyme are
subshrubs suited to a Mediterranean climate - lean, very well draining soil
and hot, dry summer conditions and cool, slightly damp winters. Parsley and
basil are annuals/biennials that appreciate regular water and hot sunny
growing conditions. None of these conditions are likely to be met very
successfully on a windowsill.
For best success, all these plants need considerable light. Allow the
Mediterranean herbs to dry out slightly before watering and avoid misting.
Keep these plants somewhat cool. You may fare better with the parsley and
basil - these will appreciate warmer temps common to most homes but these
should not be allowed to dry out. Keep evenly moist. IME, chives will grow
anywhere and under most conditions, however they are prone to aphid
infestations if grown in very rich soil. If these plants survive, I'd
recommend planting them after winter in a container outdoors that is
convenient for harvesting or if hardy for your zone, in the ground.
pam - gardengal
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