How to Succeed at Growing Herbs Indoors. Yes!

Here’s how to ensure that your indoor herb kit will succeed.

Three tiny pots, a handful of seeds, and a cute little tray. Sound familiar?

The ubiquitous herb kit is always tempting, but gardeners often find themselves wondering whether their kit will succeed where so many others have failed.

Here’s how to ensure that your indoor herb kit will grow and thrive:
  • Use a light. Few windowsills, no matter how sunny, provide enough light for your herbs. And in cold-winter climates, the sill can be quite chilly. Keep herbs above 55°F at night and 65°F to 70°F during the day.


  • Provide both humidity (by placing plants on a tray of damp pebbles) and good air circulation (you may need a fan).
  • Water when the soil feels dry, and fertilize every two weeks.
  • If you can’t use a light, try chives, winter savory, mint, bay, lemon balm, thyme, and rosemary—they're better at tolerating indirect light.
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