Herbs are very beneficial since they have wide range of uses starting form medicinal to culinary properties, so the idea of having them thorough out the whole year in our own homes is wonderful. And yes, we can do all that; we can actually grow them in our kitchen and enjoy their fruits.
What is even the most amazing fact is that you do not have to water them regularly, or change the soil, and they will still provide fruits as if grown in the garden.
However, you will have to sow mustard, dill, and cilantro seeds in a soil, and then transfer them to water, since soil herb cannot be transferred to water because the roots are very much different from the water roots.
Growing Herbs in Water
The procedure goes like this:
Start with putting some herb cuttings in glass bottles filled with plain water, yet the best solution would be to use spring water if possible since it is a rich source of minerals. But, do not use chlorinated water, because it contains bleaching chemical which can damage the plant tissues. Likewise, you will need some tap water to air overnight or store some rainwater.
You can use a Mason jar, a glass bottle, or even a plastic bottle for the herbs. However, the roots of the plans mustn’t be exposed to light, and for that purpose warp a piece of paper around the bottle that you intend to use or just use colored bottles. The roots need darkness as in that way you will avoid algal growth on the bottle and on the root. The herb cutting needs to be kept upright, therefore use narrow-mouthed containers as they provide support for the cuttings. But, be careful in its choice as very narrow or tight-fitting containers can block the necessary transition of air needed for the roots to breathe.
We advise you to choose soft cuttings roots, and cut some 6-inch sections from the growing herbs. Place them in the containers, but previously remove all lower leaves because they will rot in the water thereby spoiling the roots.
If you are having rosemary cuttings, change the water once a week. However, when the roots start growing, in the time period of 2 to 6 weeks, you don’t have to change the water.
Rooting can be stimulated by placing some willow branches in warm water during the night, and then use them as a soothing hormone mixture. Likewise, you can use some rooting hormone powder.
Herbs Which Can Be Grown In Water
Basil is easily grown in water. Put the basil cuttings in water prior their flowering, and expose the used container to sunlight.
In order to have this herb grown at home put some fresh cuttings of oregano in water, and do not forget to pinch the growing tips as the herb grows.
- Lemon balm
Either in spring or fall you need to pick several cuttings, and then put them in water and place them on the brightest spot of your house. The cuttings will develop roots after three or four weeks. You need to change the water often, or if the weather is warm keep the plant outdoor. You can use the leaves of this herb for preparing nice tea.
Peppermint is a rich source of the volatile substance menthol which offers cooling sensation on the tongue and skin without changing the body temperature. It is one of the easiest herbs you can grow in water, therefore put some fresh cuttings in water, and have it always in your own home.
The best option for growing rosemary is in spring as then the new shoots in the spring grow faster. You need to place the container of this plant where there is enough sunlight.
Put some stevia cuttings from actively growing branches in a container full of water, and place it in a sunny and warm spot. Stevia can be added to some beverages and teas.
Peppermint is actually a natural hybrid of spearmint and it is also very easy for growing.
In springtime take some sage cuttings and put them in water. Keep the container on a bright place and in well-aerated place since it is susceptible to mildew.
For this herb you will need some spring cuttings after new growth occurs. Put the herb on a warm and bright spot. There are many types of this herb, for instance the French one is best for culinary purposes, and the Russian is good for salads.
In mid-spring or early summer, take some newly grown, green cuttings, just before the thyme starts flowering. Put them in water; spray the parts of the plant which are above the water so that you prevent its drying. Once they are grown, cut the stems to boost branching.