Herbs forum→Can any of these herbs be grown indoors with no grow lights?

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Mar 1, 2021 9:08 AM CST
I don't have grow lights, just regular room lighting. Can any of these herbs be grown indoors under these conditions?


Name: Zoë
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Mar 1, 2021 11:20 AM CST
Welcome! Invisibleflash

It would be helpful to know what you consider "regular room lighting." Are you talking about living room lamps, kitchen ceiling lights, south-facing window, north-facing window...? Also, knowing your location helps. But that's mostly to advise you on the basil.

Rosemary and thyme, no. They need to be outdoors in full sun or under full grow lights. Neither will last long in a pot indoors without direct bright light. Sure, you can straggle them along for a few months, but they won't thrive for long.

Sage can get by with a bit less sun (duration), but still needs bright light for about half the day. Like the other two, it will do better outdoors or under grow lights.

Basil, yes/no/maybe—it completely depends on what kind of light you're talking about. Needs to be directly in a south-facing window, assuming you're in the northern hemisphere. Thumbs up

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Name: Elaine
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Mar 2, 2021 9:18 AM CST
Regular room lighting won't do anything for plants unless they're fluorescents, and you can place the plants within a few inches of the tubes.

Most herbs absolutely need sunlight so unless you have a sunny window or a real grow light setup, it's a no-go.

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Name: Kat
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Mar 2, 2021 8:07 PM CST
Agreed, need grow lights, but, thyme likes snow, basil loves deep summer, so even the temps can affect the plants. Rosemary can survive a mild winter (40* and above) but likes neither extreme heat, nor extreme cold, I have too much humidity for sage, it rots here.
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Mar 8, 2021 10:41 AM CST
OK, thanks for all the replies.

The light I have is just some window light and when I turn on the overhead. I don't think any of the choices will do good if they need lots of light. The window light is not near the plants either.

I may try to grow them in a pot and take outdoors. Then start over each spring. I'm in zone 6 in the USA.
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