It is great if we have in our home, entire year, herbs with medicinal, relaxation, and culinary properties. Here is way to grow certain herbs in the kitchen. The best about it is that you do not need to water them regularly. Also don’t need to change the soil; they will be as flavorsome as if grown in the garden.
Still you will need to sow dill; mustard and cilantro seeds in a soil and after, you can transfer them to water, as a soil herb cannot be transferred to water as their roots are different from the water roots.
Here is how to grow herbs in water:
Put herb cuttings in glass bottles full with plain water. It is best if use spring water if possible, it is high in minerals. Do not use chlorinated water, as this bleaching chemical can damage its tissues. Leave some tap water to air overnight or you can store some rainwater.
Choose glass bottle or a mason jar or even a plastic bottle for herbs. You can use colored bottles; you can warp a piece of paper around the bottle, because roots should not be exposed light. Darkness helps avoid algal growth on bottle and on root. Narrow mouthed containers do support cuttings and keep them upright.
Avoid narrow or tight-fitting bottles as their mouth should support a free transition of air and roots to be able breathing. Always pick soft cuttings roots, cut some 6-inch sections. Change the water once a week if you have like rosemary cuttings. Within 2-6 weeks, as soon as the roots start growing, do not change the water.
Place some willow branchtoes in warm water overnight in order to stimulate growing, and after use them as a soothing hormone mixture or you can use some rooting hormone powder also.
Here are 10 herbs you can grow in water:
- Rosemary –semi-woody cuttings of rosemary need more time, but its new shoots in spring time grow faster, just keep in a sunny spot.
- Sage – take some sage cuttings in spring and place them in water on a bright spot and well-aerated place as it is prone to mildew.
- Peppermint – is high in volatile substance menthol- provides a cooling sensation on skin or tongue and does not change temperature. Put a few fresh cuttings in water be, because it is the easiest herbs you can grow in water.
- Tarragon – take some spring cuttings after there are new growth appears,place them on warm and bright place. This herb –Tarragon- can be of various types. French one is best for culinary purposes. Russian type is used for salads.
- Basil –easily grown in water. Cut some leaves before they start flowering and place container in a sunny place.
- Spearmint –Peppermint – natural hybrid of spearmint easily grown in water.
- Thyme – Some of newly grown, green cuttings, in mid-spring or early summer just before thyme starts flowering, need to placed in water, and spray to avoid its drying. As soon as it grown, just cut stems to boost branching.
- Oregano – fresh cuttings of oregano should be placed in water and pinch the growing tips as this herb grows.
- Lemon balm –pick several cuttings in spring or in fall, place in water in a bright spot and after 3-4 weeks, you will see cuttings develop roots. You need to change water often, or keep the plant outdoor if weather is warm. Jus to let you know you can prepare tea from the leaves.
- Stevia – this could be added to beverages and teas. Take some stevia cuttings from actively growing branch, put them in a container full of water, and just keep it in sunny and warm place.