Herbs from Seeds

Herbs are very rewarding plants that one can grow. Apart from providing tasty additions to every kind of food that you cook, these plants can function as beautiful ornamentals and can produce flowers that are very attractive thus decorating your landscape. The easiest route of acquiring herbs is purchasing them from online or from your local garden center. However, it is also possible to grow them from seeds. Growing herbs from seeds provides you with a much wider selection of the varieties that you can grow and is also cost-effective. Ny herb can be grown from seed so long as the conditions are right.

How to grow herbs from seeds

There are certain basic needs of growing herbs from seeds, they include:

Grow light

It is advisable to use a grow light set up so that the herbs grow under some artificial lights. This is beneficial as it ensures that plants that are stocky and short become well-adapted to growing outdoors. The timer for the lights should be fourteen hours a day and they should be at a minimum distance of 2 to 4 inches from the top section of the herbs.

Seed starting mix

Use a seed starting potting mix when growing herbs from seeds. This is because it is much lighter compared to the regular potting soil thus easier for germinating seeds to poke through it. Herb seeds are generally very tiny and that is why it is ill-advised to use a heavy mix that will hinder sprout. The last thing you want is for your herb seeds to rot prior to germination.

Plastic trays

Clay pots do okay but plastic trays are much better, and these should be equipped with some small cells to start off the herbs well. In addition, the small cells of the plastic trays allow you to sow the herbs in a similar growth requirement to one another. As they grow, you can later transfer them to much larger pots. However, it should be noted that there are certain herbs that do not like transplantation such as parsley. Therefore, such herbs should be started off in large pots to avoid transplantation.

Warm room

The pots or trays where the herb seeds are sown should be placed inside a warm room or outside where there is direct sunlight. Alternatively, you can use a heating mat to supply bottom heat to boost germination. The cells should be covered with a clear plastic to trap soil moisture. After germination, the plastic can be removed, and the plants kept under artificial lights.

Organic fertilizer

Lightly spray organic fertilizer in liquid form to the herb seedlings so that they grow green and strong. This should be done on a weekly basis and it should be diluted properly.

Transplantation

The herbs should be transplanted to large pots individually.

The tips above on how to grow herbs from seeds are not exhaustive as there are many more.

Top herbs

The following are some of the top herbs to grow from seed:

• Basil

• Chives

• Cilantro

• Dill

• Parsley

• Oregano

• Sage

• Thyme

Conclusion

Growing herbs is fairly easy because they require little maintenance after they are established. They will supply your spice jars generously for as long as you grow them.

 

 

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