To Care for Our Fresh Potted Herbs
- Remove sleeve and place in a saucer or jar lid
- Keep in a sunny south-facing window
- Keep soil moist by adding water to the saucer a small amount at a time - do not leave in standing water
- Pinch leaves as needed to flavor your favorite dishes
- When weather permits, if desired can be planted outside in a deck or patio container in full sun
Herb plants like sun but not wet feet!
Overwatering and the lack of enough bright light are the two most common problems affecting successful plant growth.
DO NOT add more water than the plant can absorb. Plants should be kept evenly and lightly moist, not saturated.
DO NOT allow plant to sit in excess runoff water. It can inhibit air circulation which allows the plant to breathe.
Herb plants can be for immediate use to cut cooking herbs as-fresh-as-it-gets from the plant. If you prefer to keep your plant growing, it can be repotted into a larger container to allow more room for root growth, using a basic potting soil mix. The pot you choose should have a drain hole(s) to allow excess water to drain away from the roots. Plants will also need nutrition - your choice of houseplant fertilizer, either organic or conventional, applied based on package directions.
IN COLD WEATHER
While most herbs can tolerate somewhat cooler temperatures, BASIL is tender. Exposure to cold drafts or temperatures below 45 to 50 degrees for any length of time can produce cold damage. Do not leave plants in a cold, unheated space. Try to keep all plants at an even temperature - condensation caused by large temperature changes can also be damaging to plant leaves. Keep in mind that windows can magnify the intensity of direct sun and also transmit cold from low outdoor temperatures, so keep plants back a bit from the glass.