Looking for ways to grow herbs in winter? Here are the great tips for how to grow herbs in winter and enjoy fresh herbs all year long!
All most everyone loves to add fresh or even dried herbs in their cooking recipes. But, when it comes to growing herbs in their garden or windowsill, I have seen so many people struggling to make those herbs survive. Even it gets worse in winter season. So I would love to share this great articles of “Enjoy Fresh Herbs All Year Long – Learn to grow them inside and keep cooking even after the weather turns foul”-by JEAN NICK
He also gave great tips to help revive cuttings that aren’t growing roots at the end of his article. 🙂
Grow Herbs In Water
No access to potted or ready-to-be-potted plants? Never fear: The easiest way to bring living herbs into your kitchen is to put a few cut stems, a.k.a. “cuttings,” in water. You can use either stems cut from your own garden or some bought in a bunch from your local farmer’s market. Even the fresh herbs you buy in the produce section of the supermarket can be fresh enough to thrive and grow for weeks or months in a jar of water. (This technique is also good for turning many types of outdoor plants into instant houseplants to perk up your winter digs.)
Basil, mints, pineapple sage, oregano, sage, stevia, thyme, lemon balm, and many other herb cuttings will thrive in a jar of water on your windowsill for months. The only herbs that don’t grow well in water are annual herbs, such as dill and cilantro, which live just long enough to flower and then go to seed.
To grow herb cuttings in water, select young, healthy, actively growingherbs with stems about six inches long. Cut them off the plant with a very sharp pair of scissors or pruners (for purchased herbs, cut off the bottom of the stem to leave a fresh, clean cut). Strip off all of the leaves from the lower two-thirds of the stem (saving them for cooking, too).
Fill a clean jar that is deep enough to cover the stripped portion of the cuttings with water. Avoid distilled water, as it doesn’t have the traces of minerals your growing plants will need. Add water as needed to keep the water level in the jar up. Once roots form, the water will usually stay pretty clean.
Put the jar in a sunny, warm place, keeping an eye out for roots. Once roots appear, you’ll start to see new growth on the shoots. Harvest individual leaves, or cut off the shoot tips as needed (they will regrow below the cut). If you don’t see any roots within a couple of weeks, toss out any cuttings that are rotting (or use willow water, below). Hey, it happens to the best of us, sometimes.
Pro Tip: Willow twigs contain high concentrations of rooting hormones, which can help revive cuttings that aren’t growing roots. These same hormones are sold at nurseries, but you can get them for free by strolling through a local park or your backyard. All you need is a couple of feet of living willow twigs. Cut them up into short lengths, cover the bits with boiling water, and let them steep overnight. The next morning, strain out the twig bits and use the “willow water” instead of plain water in the jar with your recalcitrant cuttings.