Wooden Herb Planter
These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Herbs are usually grown outside, but young plants are quite happy indoors if you follow a few simple tips. Indoors, they will have a shorter life, but keep cutting them back and you will find they last longer than you might think.
Like most plants, herbs need sunlight. A sheltered patio, sunny windowsill or a cool bright room is best. Try to keep them away from any radiators and their leaves from contact with the glass, where they may get scorched or chilled. Or of course pop them outside on a patio within easy reach of the kitchen.
These herbs have just been repotted and in this large planter should only need watering occasionally. Aim to keep the soil damp rather than wet, the wooden trough should be watertight but it is a good idea to put a mat or tray under the trough when watering just to protect your furniture.
When picking herbs for cooking, cut or pick stems cleanly leaving a couple of centimetres of stalk above the soil, when you have used a complete crop of leaves allow the plant to rest and regrow. Regular harvesting encourages growth but once your plants have been harvested 2 or 3 times they should be left to rest completely and given a liquid feed or alternatively the individual herbs can be planted out in the garden in a sunny sheltered spot and the trough reused for a flowering display.
Kitchen herbs are generally very robust plants. However sometimes their fragrant leaves can be bruised in transit. If you notice any crushed or damaged leaves, nip these off to add flavour to your evening dinner and encourage new growth. As conditions indoors can be quite humid, occasionally indoor herbs may develop a mildew or mould near the base of the leaves, if this occurs, pull off any affected leaves and try moving to a sunnier position ideally outside with good airflow. Uneven watering can also be a cause of mould and mildews so ensure that you water regularly.