10 HERBS YOU CAN GROW INDOORS IN WATER ALL YEAR LONG
Herbs normally have culinary, medicinal, and relaxation properties. As such, it can be great if you have a constant supply of them throughout the year.
You can achieve this by growing some of the herbs in the kitchen.
Here, we present you an amazing technique of growing the herbs, which doesn’t require regular watering or changing of the soil.
How to grow herbs in water:
Take some herb cuttings and then put them in glass bottles with plain water. Make sure the water is not chlorinated as the bleaching chemical can destroy the plant tissues.
Consider storing some rain water or leaving some tap water to air overnight.
Choose a mason jar, a glass bottle, or even a plastic bottle for your herbs. It’s advisable to use colored bottles as the roots don’t need to be exposed to light.
Namely, the darkness will prevent algae growth on the bottle as well as on the root.
You should also avoid tight-fitting containers as the mouth of the container needs to promote a free transition of air to allow for proper breathing of the plant roots.
Pick soft cutting roots and then cut some 6-inch sections from the growing herbs.
Place them in the containers, removing the lower leaves since they can rot in the water and spoil it.
For herbs like rosemary, you should change the water once a week.
However, you shouldn’t change the water once the roots start growing, which is within 2-6 weeks.
To accelerate the growth, soak a few willow branches in warm water overnight and then use them as a mixture of a soothing hormone.
Rooting hormone powder can also work well.
Here are 10 herbs that can be grown in water:
- Rosemary – While the root of the semi-woody rosemary cuttings needs more time, the new shoots in the spring grow quite faster. The plant should be kept in a sunny spot.
- Sage – Put some sage cuttings in the water, in spring. The herb should be placed in a bright, well-aerated area as it’s prone to mildew.
- Peppermint – Peppermint is rich in menthol, which provides a cooling sensation on the tongue or skin and doesn’t change the temperature. It is the easiest herb you can grow in water. Simply put some fresh peppermint cuttings in water.
- Tarragon – Take some spring cuttings after fresh growth appears and then put the herb on a bright and warm place.
- Basil – Place some basil cuttings in water before they start to flower and then place the container in a sunny area.
- Spearmint –Simply grow spearmint like you would peppermint.
- Thyme – In the mid-spring or early summer, before the thyme starts to flower, take some freshly grown, green cuttings and place them in water. Spray the parts that are under the water to prevent its drying. Once it’s grown, cut the stems to stimulate branching.
- Oregano – Put fresh oregano cuttings in water and be sure to pinch the growing tips as your herb grows.
- Lemon balm – Pick several cuttings in spring or fall and put them in water in a bright place. The cuttings should develop roots in 3-4 weeks. Change the water regularly. The leaves are great for preparing tea.
- Stevia – Take some stevia cuttings from actively growing branches and then put them in a container full of water. Keep the container in a sunny place.