The essential parsley, the delicate chives, the sunny thyme, the fresh mint … The common name of aromatic plant includes dozens of varieties. To avoid being overwhelmed, stick to a selection of 5 or 6 varieties that you use daily.
Plant or sowing?
The price of herbs is about the same whether you choose a plant or seeds. Herbs such as thyme, rosemary or sage are perennial. So you can opt for seedlings, which you will easily keep. In contrast, herbs are mostly annuals. This is particularly the case of basil, whose flavor is very popular in summer. It will be necessary to sow new seeds or buy a plant each year.
Inside or outside?
Aromatic plants are very comfortable indoors, provided they meet their need for heat and brightness. Basil, chives, dill, coriander, sage or thyme thus require a location in full sun. Parsley will prefer a more shady location. Caution all the same with sage and rosemary, which are growing rapidly. It is unlikely that you can keep them long in the house: it will soon find them a place in the garden or on the balcony!
Plantation: instructions for use
Mint likes to have its ease: it is essential to reserve a pot. On the other hand, many other species can coexist in the same pot. Duo, trio or more elaborate composition in a planter: you can be creative! The ideal is to opt for a clay pot, whose walls store heat. Aromatic plants do not appreciate stagnant water. It is therefore necessary to drain the water of irrigation. Most pots have an evacuation hole. For optimal drainage, add a small layer of gravel or clay balls, at the bottom of each pot Note that aromatic plants are not demanding: rustic, they accommodate both a universal potting soil than’
The maintenance of your aromatic plants in pot
You can not wait to harvest? Rest assured, aromatic plants grow very quickly. Wait a few weeks, so that the plant matures. Avoid excessive cuts: favor a harvest as and when your needs. Plan a light and regular watering: every two to three days in winter, every morning or every evening in summer. Persistent varieties should be repotted once a year.