Herbs have been present in our lives since a long time ago. They have been mainly used for their culinary properties, but also because they possess medicinal and relaxation properties, too. In this article, we’re going to present you 10 herbs you can grow in water throughout the whole year!
Here is an amazing technique of growing the herbs, which doesn’t require regular watering or changing of the soil!
How to grow herbs in water:
- First, take some herb cuttings and then put them in glass bottles with plain water. The water should not be chlorinated because the bleaching chemical can destroy the plant tissues.
- Store some rain water or leave some tap water to air overnight.
- Choose a mason jar, a glass bottle, or even a plastic bottle for your herbs. Use colored bottles because the roots don’t need to be exposed to light.
- The darkness will prevent algae growth on the bottle as well as on the root.
- Avoid tight-fitting containers because 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.
- Put them inside the containers, removing the lower leaves because they can rot in the water and spoil it.
- Change the water once a week for herbs like rosemary, but don’t change the water once the roots start growing, which is within 2-6 weeks.
- Soak several willow branches in warm water overnight so that you can accelerate the growth, 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 – The root of the semi-woody rosemary cuttings needs more time, but the new shoots in the spring grow quite faster. Keep the plant in a sunny spot.
- Sage – Put some sage cuttings in the water, in spring. Place the herb in a bright, well-aerated area because it’s prone to mildew.
- Peppermint – Peppermint is rich in menthol and that provides a cooling sensation on the tongue or skin. It also doesn’t change the temperature. It is the easiest herb you can grow in water. You just have to put some fresh peppermint cuttings in water.
- Tarragon – One is these 10 herbs is also tarragon. Take some spring cuttings after fresh growth appears and then put the herb on a bright and warm place.
- Basil –Just put some basil cuttings in water before they start to flower. Then put the container in a sunny area.
- Spearmint –Spearmint can be also grown like you would peppermint.
- Thyme – Before the thyme starts to flower in the mid-spring or early summer, take some freshly grown, green cuttings and put them in water. Spray the parts under the water to prevent its drying. Cut the stems to stimulate branching once it’s grown.
- Oregano – Put fresh oregano cuttings in water. Make sure you 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 their first roots in 3-4 weeks. You have to change the water regularly. Use the leaves for preparing tea.
- Stevia – The last one of these 10 herbs you can grow indoors is stevia. First, take some stevia cuttings from actively growing branches and then put them in a container full of water. You have to keep the container in a sunny place!