20 Herbs that Can Be Grown Indoors


Thyme is one of those classic herbs that most people have heard of, but few know much about. If you’re one of the people who rarely uses thyme or hasn’t even had it, this herb can be a great entry point into herbal cooking and growing. You’ve probably seen thyme used in Mediterranean dishes like Greek lemon chicken, French soups, or Italian pasta sauces and are wondering why you don’t use it more often.

Thyme is part of the mint family and has many similarities to other herbs like parsley. It has a woodsy, mildly earthy scent that is not too overpowering and can be used in a wide variety of dishes both sweet and savory, from poultry to stews to even desserts—it pairs well with fruit flavors like apples or pears. Like many other herbs, thyme also has medicinal properties; it’s been traditionally used for breathing difficulties like asthma as well as digestion issues. Thyme can be used fresh or dried in cooking; although only use dried if using in baking recipes where fresh herbs would lose their flavor in the oven. Growing thyme couldn’t be easier: just pick up some seeds whenever you see them at your local grocery store (they’re often right next to the cilantro), sow them on top of a seed-starting medium (make sure they don’t get buried), and then wait until summer when they’ll grow into pretty green leaves with tiny purple flowers giving off their distinctive aroma! Thyme will grow best in direct sunlight on a sunny windowsill; otherwise they can still grow indoors under artificial lights but will produce fewer leaves with less flavor than if grown outdoors. Now that you’re an expert on growing thyme yourself at home, it’s time to try using it more often!


Basil is a common herb that makes the perfect addition to any dish. Whether you’re making pasta, a homemade salad dressing, or just seasoning up some veggies with your favorite herbs, basil is always a good choice! It’s important to know which herbs are best grown indoors and which will do better in the garden. Basil is one of those herbs that can be grown indoors with ease. It needs lots of sunlight too, so try to find a sunny spot for this herb. Also, be sure to fertilize it every couple of weeks and water it when the soil is almost dry. When you have fresh basil on hand, you’ll find yourself using it in all kinds of recipes!


Although the name “chives” makes sense in terms of the plant’s appearance (the bulb-like leaves resemble a bunch of chives), this herb is not related to garlic or onions. Chives are best known for their pungent, garlicky aroma—and for good reason, considering how essential they are to cooking!

Chives were used in ancient Greece and Rome as a food source as well as medicine. The Egyptians called them “scented onions” and considered them sacred because it was believed that the flower petals were an aphrodisiac. As chives dried out, the oils became more concentrated and stronger, giving them their distinctive smell. Today, we still use chives to flavor certain dishes (like stir-fries) but they can also be used fresh to add fragrance to salads and soups.

For those looking to start growing herbs indoors this spring, chives are one of the easiest herbs you can grow at home without having any prior gardening experience. They do not require much attention other than being watered regularly during dry weather and have a long lifespan (upwards of 3 years). You will need something like a large pot or glass jar in which you can plant your seeds while they’re small since they will remain very small even when mature (some people say you should cover the seeds with dirt so that they don’t get eaten by birds). They will produce flowers throughout summer that you can harvest for culinary purposes during fall/winter months—they make great decorations for bouquets too!


Oregano is one of those herbs that, even if you’ve never heard the name before, you’ve probably tasted it in a delicious Italian dish. It’s also a great herb to start getting familiar with if you’re just beginning to cultivate your own kitchen garden. Oregano is native to the Mediterranean area and is most often cultivated in places like Italy and Spain, but it can also be grown indoors as a fresh herb on your windowsill all year round.

It may seem strange, but oregano is actually related to mint! The flavor of oregano is robust and pungent, so don’t let its family connections fool you—this herb is strong enough to stand on its own in any recipe. Oregano has been used for centuries both medicinally and as part of various culinary dishes from all over the world. It’s also a perennial plant that will continue growing each year; when the winter months approach, simply bring it inside so it can continue thriving through the cold months!

Oregano takes well to pruning when growing indoors or outdoors, meaning that it’s easy for anyone to grow this healthy and tasty herb throughout the year!


If you are looking for a bright and sunny home herb to grow indoors, look no further than parsley. Grown mostly as a culinary herb, it is loved for its mild flavor and beautiful appearance. Parsley is grown as an annual in many locations throughout the world (it’s biennial in others). It grows best in temperate locations with rich, well-drained soil, full sun, and plenty of water.

Parsley seeds can be started indoors before the last frost of spring or outdoors when daytime temperatures stay reliably above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It will begin to grow quickly and can be harvested after about 30 days from planting. If your climate experiences extremely hot summers (above 95 degrees Fahrenheit), parsley will bolt even if you don’t harvest it; the plant’s growth process is triggered by shortening day lengths rather than heat or drought stress.

Beginners can expect their first harvest of parsley to be small—the plant forms slowly at first, but quickly takes off once it gets going. Although some recipes call specifically for flat-leafed varieties, these are not always readily available and curly-leaf varieties may be used instead without affecting flavor too much. To store fresh herbs like parsley at home, wash them thoroughly then wrap them in damp paper towels inside a resealable plastic bag filled with air holes; this technique preserves herbs for up to two weeks at relatively room temperature (60 degrees Fahrenheit). However, parsley will usually wilt before that time due to poor growing conditions or insufficient watering while you’re away from home—so know your schedule well so that your apartment doesn’t become a sad place devoid of herbs!


The French are famous for their love of tarragon, but beyond the borders of France it’s not as common. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth growing, though. Most herbs can be grown indoors during the colder months, and they make a great addition to any kitchen. Tarragon is a great herb because it grows well in containers and its flavor pairs surprisingly well with fish and poultry dishes.

Tarragon is a perennial herb that thrives in zones 4-7 with mild winters. Before you decide to grow tarragon indoors or out, keep in mind that while the plant itself survives throughout the winter months outdoors, its leaves will die back above ground so there will be no harvest from fall until mid-spring. Growing tarragon indoors is also quite easy; all you need is a pot full of soil (preferably enriched with compost) and a sunny spot for your plant to sit in for 6+ hours per day.


Lavender is a great plant to grow indoors. Although it does require some care, these tips can make your lavender cultivation as enjoyable as possible.


Mint is a perennial herb that is best grown indoors. That’s right, it can be grown almost anywhere! Mint grows in a variety of conditions and can even be grown in a pot or container. Growing mint indoors–or any other herb, for that matter–can add some much-needed flavor to your food while also freshening up the smell of your home. In this article, I’ll go over the steps needed to grow your own indoor mint without fail.

  • Sunlight:

Like all plants, mint requires sunlight to survive and grow. If you do not have a place outside where you can plant your mint, then you will need to find another place for it inside. The best place for mint would probably either be in direct sunlight or very close to a window with plenty of sunlight coming in during the day. You may also want to look into fluorescent lights if there isn’t enough natural light coming from windows throughout the day.[[Category:Business (the blog)]]


Just a couple weeks ago, I was standing in our backyard gazing at the herbs that we’ve been growing since moving back to Canada from The United States. This little patch of sage is all that remains from our first garden and has grown in isolation from the rest of our herb garden ever since. We’ve had mixed success with sage: it’s a tricky plant to grow indoors and ours hasn’t bloomed for years despite having plenty of sun in our windowsill; yet, other herbs have flourished, like mint and rosemary.

It’s frustrating seeing how this one herb has fallen by the wayside when so many others thrived nearby. If you’re looking to start your own indoor herb garden (or maybe just add some flavor to your cooking or cleaning), then you’re going to want to know some tips on growing it successfully.


Rosemary is a popular herb that can be grown indoors and has several uses. Some people use it as an ornamental plant, but it can also be used for cooking.

What are some other herbs that you like to cook with?


A popular ingredient in Thai, Vietnamese, and Cambodian cooking, lemongrass (the plant) has a strong lemon scent that is often used to flavor dishes such as soups, stews, sauces, curries, and more. While lemongrass is most often purchased from your local grocery store in the form of dried stalks and can be found growing wild in warm areas of the world like India and Sri Lanka, it’s also grown indoors for people who want to add a citrus kick to all kinds of recipes.

Growing lemongrass indoors requires little effort—this low-maintenance herb will thrive with minimal attention from you! You’re going to need a pot that drains well but still retains moisture well (a clay pot works best for this), water for the plant every couple days or so if necessary (keep an eye on the soil), light (a sunlit window should do it), air circulation so you can avoid mildew growth on the leaves (turning the pot regularly lets air circulate through it), and finally fertilizer that contains potassium once every couple weeks.

Lemongrass grows best with lots of nutrients in its nutrient-poor soil so give your lemongrass fresh potting soil every time you repot it. This will ensure it gets everything it needs while keeping your soil healthy as well!


Marjoram and oregano are two herbs that look similar and can be confused for one another. It’s easy to figure out which is which by smelling the leaves, but if you don’t have any on hand, here are a few tricks to help you tell them apart.

  • Marjoram leaves tend to be lighter in color than oregano’s, a dark green. If you run your fingers over the leaves, marjoram will feel smoother than oregano.
  • The flavors of these herbs are similar enough that, in most cases, replacing one herb with the other won’t make a huge difference in your dish. That being said, they each have their own unique properties: marjoram is better at reducing inflammation while oregano is more effective at killing harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.

Marjoram can be used just as an oregano would be; it has a slightly sweet flavor and lends itself well to numerous dishes (think pizza and tomato sauces). To grow your own marjoram indoors or outdoors during the spring or summer months (if you live in an area where winters aren’t too harsh), simply get some seeds or cuttings from someone who already has them growing. After planting your new plants in soil that’s been enriched with compost, water regularly so they don’t dry out—marjoram is a hearty herb that doesn’t need much care! Once harvest season rolls around (usually late summer to late fall), start collecting your fresh marjoram from your plants!


If you’re interested in growing herbs, but don’t have a garden or yard to do it in, consider the convenience of indoor herb gardening. Not only is this a great way to get fresh herbs without needing to head out to the store when you need them for cooking or using in a homemade tincture for your health and wellness, but it also lets you grow plants that require soil that cannot be grown outside if they’re not native to your area.

Labeled as both “an aromatic herb” and as “a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine”, dill is one herb that is frequently used in both indoor and outdoor gardens alike. While most people think of it as an herb used primarily for its seeds (think: pickles), dill can actually be enjoyed year-round regardless of the season through methods like drying the leaves or harvesting them while they’re still on the stem instead of pulling up the entire plant. It’s also good to note that dill weed (the flowering part) is different from dill seed; so if you’re trying out growing some for yourself, be mindful not to confuse the two!

Labeled as both “an aromatic herb” and as “a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine”, dill is one herb that is frequently used in both indoor and outdoor gardens alike. While most people think of it as an herb used primarily for its seeds (think: pickles), dill can actually be enjoyed year-round regardless of the season through methods like drying the leaves or harvesting them while they’re still on the stem instead of pulling up the entire plant. It’s also good to note that dill weed (the flowering part) is different from dill seed; so if you’re trying out growing some for yourself, be mindful not to confuse the two!


If you’re looking for a plant that will bring some life to the dull winter months, and can be grown indoors, cilantro might be the herb for you. It’s bright green leaves and feathery appearance is sure to give your home a little sunshine.

  • Gather your supplies
  • soil (organic material as opposed to soil that has been chemically treated with fertilizers)
  • a pot (any size will do)
  • watering can (filling it with water and pouring it into your pot)
  • Add the soil to the bottom of your pot. Add enough to fill half of the pot. Make sure all of this soil has been finely sifted so that there are no clumps or rocks in there. This will hinder drainage in the future if any remain, which could lead to root rot and plant death.
  • Plant one cilantro seedling into your pot from either a packet or seedling purchased either at a store or online at places such as Amazon or Ebay for around $10-$20 depending on where you buy it from and its size when you receive it. Place this seedling in moistened soil about 1/3 of an inch below where the topsoil meets the bottom layer of your pot’s dirt. This should make watering much less frequent later on down the line as well as enable more nutrient uptake by way of water absorption in conjunction with natural sunlight shining onto its leaves during daylight hours.
  • Watering your cilantro: Make sure that every time you water your herb, you only use cold water and not warm or hot water which would kill off its roots over time due to inconsistent temperatures which could cause stress on its system leading to plant death at times when temperature isn’t consistent like during cold winter months while keeping plants alive during hot summer months when temperatures are consistently hot throughout each day between 6 AM – 6 PM.* Harvesting cilantro: Cilantro is best harvested early on in their life cycle after sprouting 4

Bay Leaf plant/tree (Laurus nobilis or sweet bay)

Bay leaf plants are a wonderful indoor plant that you can keep indoors all year round. The reason I love growing them indoors is because they’re so easy to care for. You can also keep them inside of a pot with other plants, so it’s like having multiple tiny herb gardens in one!

If you’re interested in growing bay leaf plants, just follow the steps below:

  • Find an area that gets plenty of light and has a temperature range between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Choose a deep container (at least 8 inches wide) that drains well, and fill it with cactus soil or regular potting soil, taking care to leave about 1 inch at the top of the container unsoiled. If your bay leaf is grown in water, prepare an area early on where you can drain the excess water away from your plant after watering it; otherwise, root rot will develop (as will algae growth).
  • Poke holes in your potting soil or use rooting hormone powder to help your herb’s roots grow when first planting it in the container. Plant your bay leaf plant at least 2 inches below the top layer of dirt; since these herbs grow tall and like wide-open spaces, they need room to branch out as they mature.
  • Water regularly—but not too much!—and feed every two weeks during spring through fall months with an indoor/outdoor fertilizer formulated for houseplants. Bay leaves need less fertilizer during winter months if kept inside, but continue feeding monthly if left outside without protection against frostbite or dry air conditions such as heaters or humidifiers near by; bay leaves require moist environments year round!5. Harvesting is simple because all parts of the plant are edible! Just pluck off leaves from under their stems whenever needed (make sure to keep some leaves attached so new ones will grow).

Indoor herb gardening is an option for anyone who wants to save space in their garden while still having fresh herbs available. Here are 20 herbs that can be grown indoors all year round:

1. Chives

2. Parsley

3. Oregano

4. Thyme

5. Sage

6. Mint

7. Rosemary

8. Cilantro

9. Chervil/Chervil Root

10. Basil (Thai, Lemon, or Sweet)

11. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)

12. French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

13. Dill (Anethum graveolens)

14. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

15. Marjoram (Origanum majorana)

16. Celery Leaf (Apium graveolens var dulce)

20 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

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Are you sick of buying herbs at the grocery store only for them to go bad a week later? Or do you miss having fresh basil, rosemary, or thyme on-hand? Then check out this list of 20 herbs that can be grown indoors!

1. Basil

2. Chives

3. Parsley

4. Rosemary

5. Thyme

6. Oregano

7. Mint

8. Cilantro/Coriander

9. Tarragon

10. Dill

If you love fresh herbs, but also love not going outside, then these 20 herbs are just for you.

Your home is full of wonderful places to grow herbs—windowsills, countertops, anywhere you can find a bit of sunlight and water. You don’t need a lot of space to grow herbs—in fact, it’s possible to thrive in small spaces. If you’re looking for some guidance, look no further than this list of the 20 best herbs to grow indoors!

Growing your own herbs is a great way to make sure you always have fresh and flavorful ingredients on hand. But what happens when the weather outside (or in your yard) is less than ideal? Or you just don’t have the time or space to maintain an outdoor garden? That’s where indoor herb gardens come in! Not only are they incredibly simple, but they’re also low-maintenance and can be grown in small spaces. Here are our top 20 recommendations for the best indoor herbs:

Basil: Rich, peppery flavor with a hint of mint and clove

Chervil: A delicate herb with a mild flavor that resembles parsley

Chives: Pungent and delicious, chives will make any dish pop

Cilantro: Spicy and aromatic, cilantro adds flavor to everything from Mexican food to Asian cuisine

Dill: A light and refreshing herb that goes well with fish, salads, and dips

Mint: A refreshing herb with a sweet aroma that pairs well with green tea or salad dressings

Parsley: A bright and lemony addition to any dish, parsley can be used as a garnish or seasoning

Rosemary: A classic herb that goes great on potatoes

If you’re looking to grow herbs indoors, you’re in luck! There are plenty of options for herbs that flourish in the right kind of indoor setting.

Herbs actually make great house plants! Not only that, but they can be grown from seeds, from cuttings, or bought as a plant.


Basil is one of the simplest herbs to grow indoors. It’s easy to harvest, flavorful and works well when used with many dishes. Basil needs lots of sunlight and water.


Chives are a great herb to use when cooking with eggs or potatoes. Chives need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day and frequent watering.


Cilantro is an herb that can be easily grown indoors in a pot or indoors in a garden. Cilantro is commonly used in Mexican and Asian cooking. Cilantro needs lots of sunlight and frequent watering.


Mint is a common herb used in recipes or drinks. Mint is also a good houseplant because it requires little care, just 6-8 hours of light per day and regular watering.


Oregano is an herb that goes well with savory dishes like chicken or pasta dishes. Oregano likes lots of sunlight (6-8 hours) and regular watering (every other day).


Parsley may be small but it packs a punch!

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