Starting Herbs From Seeds Indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Joliet, IL
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Question by hmbergquist
March 3, 2001
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 from NGA
March 3, 2001
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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