We’re not going to talk about the advantages of growing your own herbs, there are many. But yes of 7 tips for growing herbs in pots is the best way of having your garden of aromatic nice and close and handy for when you need them when cooking. So what these 7 tips can bring us.
The choice of the flower pots right is fundamental. Usually the most aromatic herbs can be grown in any pot, but some will need to have more substrate so you will need pots larger. Herbs such as dill, cilantro and lavender, among others, need large pots of between 11 and 18 litres. Also keep in mind that the pots have drainage holes.
The location of the flower pots our herbs is also essential. As a general rule we assure you about 5-6 hours of sunlight a day. But keep in mind that some will prefer a bit of shade in the hours of greatest insolation. In the case of the basil, the mint and the like. Others like rosemary and thyme need direct sun.
We will choose a substrate of quality to fill the pots. The garden soil may be too heavy for them. Although we can prepare our own mixture by combining the soil of the garden with a good amount of compost or manure well healed and add perlite or vermiculite.
A dilemma that we often ask is whether to directly sow seeds or buy seedlings in the nursery. There are plants such as parsley, oregano, or basil, whose seeds take longer to germinate. We can buy seedlings and transplant them to our pots. There are other plants that do not tolerate the transplant and it is necessary to grow them from seed. It is the case of the cilantro, dill, and fennel, among others.
Irrigation it should be above all regular. And the other condition is not to overdo it. We stick to the needs specific of each plant. There are plants that need to have the substratum always slightly damp as mint, parsley, celery, cilantro, and chervil. Other herbs such as rosemary, lavender, thyme and oregano require very little water, the risks should be much more widely spaced. There is another group of herbs that say they have a need of irrigation intermediate, as is the case with the basil, the chives and the dill.
The fertilizer will add to the time of planting, mixing well with the substrate and try to use an organic formula. Fertilizer seaweed-based formulation NPK low and we can use them without any problem with herbs. A excessive fertilization will cause plants to have less essential oils and what we will lose flavor and aroma.
We are interested in increasing the foliage and the plant has the more volume the better. To do this you will either pinch the side shoots of the main stems and not let them grow too much. Nor are we interested in flowers so pick them when they are sprouting promote the vegetative development of the plant, which will produce more leaves, which is what interests us. The bushy plants such as rosemary and allow for a pruning training to give our plant the way that most suits us and also obtain that volume you seek.