The Q&A Archives: Starting Herbs From Seeds Indoors

Question: I recently began trying to grow herbs indoors from seeds. I choose :Chives, Cilantro, Basil and Oregano. I choose a 6x3x4 in. glazed clay pot to fit on my East facing kitchen window. I planted the seeds according to the direction's, though I planted more seeds than I had space for in case some didnt make it. The seeds germinated well and I had watered them with a mister until they were better established.I have not fertilized them at all. The problem is this..The oregano has grown it's second set of leaves, but they are very fine , pale stems that are not growing high at all. The packages for the cilantro, basil and oregano said to pinch back to promote growth, but when am I supposed to do or later? I have experimented on them - pinching secondary leaves on all four herbs and thinning out the less established of the four but am confused as to what I should be doing differently..should I seperate the oregano from the rest because it might be getting too much water..should I only have one of each seedling in the pot..and when can I begin cutting for cooking? I would greatly apprecite any help you could give me. Thanking you in advance, Heather M. Bergquist

Answer: may find the plant becomes exhausted and needs to be replaced every few months.

may find the plant becomes exhausted and needs to be replaced every few months.

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