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Herb Plant Care

Whether you're growing herbs indoors or in a backyard garden, this guide contains all the tips and tricks you'll need to grow your herbs!

How to care for your Herbs

Use these instructions to care for a Herbs. This guide will tell you how to water a Herbs; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Basil

LIGHT

Your Basil will grow best in full sun, but will also do just fine indoors on a sunny windowsill or grow light. However, make sure it is receiving at least 6-8 hours of direct sun per day.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Basil to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day.

TEMPERATURE

Basil will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees. Basil is sensitive to the cold, so make sure the temperature does not dip below 55 degrees.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

FOOD

Feed your Basil with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Basil is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Basil at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Cat Grass

LIGHT

Your Cat Grass requires bright light to full sun. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Water your Cat Grass when the top 25% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. Do not allow the soil of your Cat Grass to dry out completely.

HUMIDITY

Your Cat Grass prefers a humid environment. Mist often if grown indoors.

TEMPERATURE

60°-90° F

FOOD

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with a fertilizer for edible plants.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Trim your plant occasionally just like you would normal grass! Cat Grass is non-toxic to cats and can aid in digestion and prevent hairballs.

See also: Common Issues →

Catnip

LIGHT

Your Catnip will grow best in full sun, but will be happy indoors on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Catnip to dry out completely. Water when the top 25 of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Catnip will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Catnip with an organic fertilizer for garden plants once a month.

TOXICITY

Catnip is safe for cats in small amounts, but some cats may have adverse reactions especially in large amounts. If this is the first time you are giving your cat catnip, ask your vet first or start with a very small amount. All cats react differently. According to the ASPCA, it can cause a digestive reaction. It makes some cats chill and some cats stimulated.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Trim your plant occasionally, this encourages new growth and keeps it fresh and healthy.

See also: Common Issues →

Chamomile

LIGHT

Your Chamomile plant requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Water your Chamomile plant when the soil is completely dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Chamomile plant prefers a humid environment. Mist often if grown indoors.

TEMPERATURE

60°-90° F

FOOD

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with a fertilizer for edible plants.

TOXICITY

Chamomile is toxic to pets. They are meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut the blooms off your Chamomile Plant to use them in things like teas and oils.

See also: Common Issues →

Chives Onion

LIGHT

Your Chives will grow best in full sun, but will be happy indoors on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Chives to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Chives will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees but they are cold-hardy.

FOOD

Feed your Chives with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Chives are toxic to pets. They are meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Chives at any point to enjoy them. To keep your plant productive and with the best-flavored leaves, remove flowers as they form.

See also: Common Issues →

Cilantro

LIGHT

Your Cilantro Plant will grow best in full sun, but will also do grow in partial shade outdoors. If growing indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a growlight.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Cilantro Plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Cilantro Plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Cilantro Plant with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Cilantro is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Cilantro at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Lavender

LIGHT

Your Lavender plant requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Water your Lavender plant when the soil is completely dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Lavender plant prefers a humid environment. Mist often if grown indoors.

TEMPERATURE

60°-90° F

FOOD

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with a fertilizer for edible plants.

TOXICITY

Please note: Lavender is toxic to cats and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Lavender at any point to enjoy it. Cut from the top of the plant. New leaves will grow from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as trimming encourages new growth. When grown indoors, Lavender may not produce flowers, but you can use the leaves of the plant to flavor and add aroma to dishes just as you would the flowers. Please note: Lavender is toxic to cats and dogs.

See also: Common Issues →

Lavender Tree

LIGHT

Your Lavender Tree will grow best in full sun but will be fine indoors on a sunny windowsill as long as it receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sun per day or you can place it under a grow light.

WATER

Allow your Lavender plant’s soil to dry out completely between watering. Your plant is quite a drought tolerant and would rather be kept on the dry side. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Lavender will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Lavender with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Edible plants for human consumption. Toxic to cats and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Lavender at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting will actually encourage new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Lemon Balm

LIGHT

Your Lemon Balm will grow best in full sun, but will also do just fine indoors on a sunny windowsill or grow light. However, make sure it is receiving at least 6-8 hours of direct sun per day.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Lemon Balm Plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day.

HUMIDITY

Your Lemon Balm Plant appreciates higher humidity. If kept outdoors, no extra humidity is needed, but if kept indoors, mist a few times a week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Lemon Balm Plant will do best in temperatures between 60–90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Lemon Balm Plant with a fertilizer for garden plants 1–2 times per month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Lemon Balm is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Lemon Balm at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut leaves from the top of the plant, and new growth will emerge from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth. Try not to let it flower — if you do see flowers, cut them off right away to keep your plant producing new leaves.

See also: Common Issues →

Lemongrass

LIGHT

Your Lemongrass will grow best in full sun, but will also do just fine indoors on a sunny windowsill or grow light. However, make sure it is receiving at least 6-8 hours of direct sun per day.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Lemongrass to dry out completely. Water when the top 25-50% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist your Lemongrass a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Lemongrass will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees. 

FOOD

Feed your Lemongrass with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Edible plants for humans, toxic to cats and dogs 

ADDITIONAL CARE

To use, harvest the bulbous stems, where the most flavor will be. The leaves can also be used for infusing in teas or soups.

See also: Common Issues →

Mint

LIGHT

Your Mint plant requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Mint Plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 50% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day.

HUMIDITY

Your Mint Plant will do fine in average humidity but appreciates higher humidity. If kept outdoors, no extra humidity is needed, but if kept indoors, mist a few times a week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Mint Plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Mint Plant with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Mint is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Mint at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth. Try not to let it flower – if you do see flowers, cut them off right away to keep your plant producing new leaves.

See also: Common Issues →

Orange Mint

LIGHT

Your Orange Mint plant requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Orange Mint Plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 50% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer

HUMIDITY

Your Orange Mint Plant will do fine in average humidity but appreciates higher humidity. If kept outdoors, no extra humidity is needed, but if kept indoors, mist a few times a week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Orange Mint Plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Orange Mint Plant with a fertilizer for garden plants once a month.

TOXICITY

Orange Mint is edible for humans but toxic to cats and dogs.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Orange Mint at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth. Try not to let it flower – if you do see flowers, cut them off right away to keep your plant producing new leaves.

See also: Common Issues →

Oregano

LIGHT

Your Oregano will grow best in full sun, but will also do just fine indoors on a sunny windowsill or grow light. However, make sure it is receiving at least 6-8 hours of direct sun per day.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Oregano to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Oregano Plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Oregano with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Oregano is toxic to pets. It is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Oregano at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting actually encourages new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Parsley

LIGHT

Your Parsley plant requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Parsley Plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Parsley Plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Parsley Plant with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Parsley is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Parsley at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Pineapple Sage

LIGHT

Your Pineapple Sage requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Sage plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 50% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Sage plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Pineapple Sage plant with a fertilizer for garden plants once a month.

TOXICITY

Sage is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Sage at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Rosemary

LIGHT

Your Rosemary requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Allow your Rosemary plant’s soil to dry out between watering. Your plant is quite drought tolerant. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Rosemary will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Rosemary with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Rosemary is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Rosemary at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting will actually encourage new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Sage

LIGHT

Your Sage requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Sage plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Sage plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Sage plant with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Sage is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Sage at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

Stevia

LIGHT

Your Stevia Plant requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Stevia Plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 50% of soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Stevia Plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Stevia Plant with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Stevia is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Stevia at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth. You will need to heat the leaves to release the sweet flavor. Boil Stevia leaves with tea leaves for a sweetened tea.

See also: Common Issues →

Thyme

LIGHT

Your Thyme requires 6-8 hours of bright light to full sun per day. If grown indoors, place on a sunny windowsill or under a grow light.

WATER

Do not allow the soil of your Thyme plant to dry out completely. Water when the top 25% of soil is dry. During peak growth in the spring and summer, watering may be needed every day. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

If kept indoors, mist a few times per week.

TEMPERATURE

Your Thyme plant will do best in temperatures between 60-90 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Thyme plant with a fertilizer for garden plants 1-2 times a month during spring and summer.

TOXICITY

Thyme is non-toxic. However, it is meant to be eaten by humans and not pets.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Cut your Thyme at any point to enjoy it. Simply cut off the top of the plant, and it will regrow new leaves from that point. Do not worry about harming the plant, as cutting it actually encourages new growth.

See also: Common Issues →

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What's a Herbs?

Botanical Classification: Salvia rosmarinus

About

Spicy, savory, and aromatic are just a few ways to describe these beautiful and useful plants.  Herbs are exciting to grow in your home or garden and have so many uses, from cooking, to teas, to medicine, and more! 

They thrive in bright sunny windows with lots of direct light and can grow outside in warm sunny weather. The term “herb” includes many different genera, and these plants have native “roots” (no pun intended) all over the world!

Fun fact

The word “herb” comes from the Latin word “herba,” meaning grass, green stalks, or blades.

Pictured Left: Rosemary
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Your herbs need as much sunlight as they can get! Six or more hours of direct sun a day is optimal.
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