best culinary herbs for indoors

vaherbmomMay 12, 2010

What culinary herbs do well indoors (on plant stand or windowsill in sunny sunroom)? I would especially like to keep some going in pots through the winter.

I tried cilantro, basil and sage and they all seemed to do poorly.

Thanks for any advice!

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm afraid that the general consensus within this forum is that it is very challenging to grow herbs inside. Most of them simply prefer the full sun, for one thing. That is difficult to duplicate even with artificial lighting.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 2:57PM
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vaherbmom

that has unfortunately been my experience so far. Why do I continually read about "growing some herbs in a pot on the windowsill?"

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 4:48PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Apartments, mobility issues, it's just something to try, or whatever the reason keep people trying to do it. They may have success for a while but eventually many of the herbs succumb to poor lighting, too much water, and insects. The posts here can back that up.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 5:48PM
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shonoo(6B, PA)

I am in Zone 6 and even though I have a garden I try to bring some herbs indoors for winter. I have had rosemary, marjoram and lemon grass in containers that I leave outside in late spring and bring back indoors in early fall, for about 4 years now. I also plant garlic cloves for indoor use almost all year round. 5-6 cloves from grocery sotre garlic stuffed in potting mix in a 6-8 inch container will yield fresh garlic chives in 10-15 days.
I used to have Thyme and Lavender too, but those didnt survive beyond two years.

My guess is it is the uneven heating /cooling and drafts that get these plants more than anything else.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 9:54PM
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rexa(6)

I've had really good luck with Rosemary, thyme, and oregano grown on my south facing windows...not so much luck with parsley, basil, or sage. I keep them pretty dry (mostly due to neglect?).

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 7:00AM
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