You’re coming back from the races, so glad you brought aromatic potted plants for your kitchen. One or two weeks go by and this is the tragedy: your plants look gray and end up, once again in the trash! Green hand or not, aromatic plants are yet easy to grow. And even if it requires a little attention, it is possible to make them last. Watering, varieties, sunshine, fertilizer and picking … We give you our advice to maintain your aromatic plants indoors and can finally enjoy!
1. One pot per aromatic plant
It’s not always easy to find indoor space for growing aromatic plants. And often, one tends to believe – wrongly – that putting several varieties in the same gardener does not pose a problem. But in reality, each aromatic plant requires special development conditions.To understand it, one only has to look at the main families of aromatic plants:
Perennial Aromatic Plants: Mostly Mediterranean in origin, it is the aromatic plants that are most resistant to the seasons and therefore are known for their resistance.
Annual or biennial aromatic plants: they have a life cycle that varies between one to two years and require regular maintenance to develop.
Fragrant aromatic plants: straight from hot countries, these plants can not stand the cold. For this reason, they must be grown indoors during the winter and benefit from a lot of light.
If you want to enjoy your herbs as long as possible, you have every interest in defining a pot for each of them.For example, thyme is particularly fond of full sun while parsley is more sensitive. If you want to grow both, it will be necessary to place them in different places. You will understand, each aromatic plant requires a particular maintenance and it is for this reason, it is better to inquire with specialists before you start!
2. The importance of light
In general, aromatic plants need a significant amount of light to flourish. Ideally, they find their place on a windowsill facing south. But you can put them on a shelf or piece of furniture as long as the outside light reaches them. It is said that it takes between 6 and 8 hours of sun exposure per day. But again, it all depends on the varieties you have.Aromatic plants that require strong sunshine are:
the thyme rosemaryla sarriettela saugel’anethloriganla coriandrela chillettel basil …
The aromatic plants that prefer the partial shade are:
the persilla menthel estragonle chervil …
The trick to remember? If you see spots appear on the leaves of your aromatic plants, it is because they suffer an excess of light. Conversely, your aromatic plants will manifest their lack of sun by a narrowing of the leaves and an elongation of the stems. In function, react and move your pots.
3. The quality of the land
Who says aromatic plants in good health, says land of quality. Indeed, to allow them to develop, you must learn about the water and mineral needs of each of them.Some wetland and clay will be fertile for some species while others will prefer a drained soil or even limestone and sandy. In any case, remember to repot your aromatic plant as soon as you buy it. When repotting, do not hesitate to bring some fertilizer to promote its growth. Choose a natural and complete fertilizer that contains both nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
4. The watering of aromatic plants
Volume of the pot, season and weather, type of variety … All these elements have consequences on the watering of aromatic plants. While in spring, it is recommended to water them every other day, in summer, the watering must take place every day. When the cold returns, it is best to space the waterings. The goal is to keep a land rather wet. If the soil begins to dry on the surface, it must be watered again. But these are just recommendations and nothing beats the observation of your herbs to understand and manage the amount of water they require.Anyway, be sure to use perforated pots to facilitate drainage and prevent water from stagnating at the bottom.
5. Attention to the harvest!
To allow your aromatic plants to flourish, you can prune them. In practice, it is enough to cut the dead or heavily damaged shoots and to cut the lignified branches. In this way, you allow new leaves to grow and thus renew themselves. Be careful not to cut too short! You must not cut more than two thirds of the plant and never cut the base of the plant otherwise you put in danger the next regrowth. When harvesting, always pick the leaves from the top of the plant. This will encourage branching. And above all, be patient and respect the natural cycle of each plant. If you treat them with love, they will reciprocate you by magnifying all your homemade dishes…