Everything you need to know to grow potted herbs


Nothing is easier than growing herbs. From youth to old age anyone can grow them. Just do the right thing and know where to start to enjoy it.

Properly choosing your herbs

Select herbs according to your taste and culinary needs, but beware, not all of them go in containers. Choose herbs without disease or insects. Select those with healthy, unblemished foliage and stalks that are firm and full. Each species and variety must be well identified to provide the best care.

Here is a list that will help you make the right choices:

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Bay leaves
  • Mint (alone in its pot)
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Chives (except garlic chives)
  • Curry plant
  • Burnet
  • Vietnamese coriander
  • Winter savory

Your Passion Jardins merchant will be able to present you the products available for a balcony and terrace vegetable garden.  Do not hesitate to call a specialized adviser who will be able to help you design your garden in a container, and answer all your questions!


Using the right container

Even though most pots that can contain a good amount of soil can be used to grow the herbs, they must meet certain basic criteria:

  • Decorative pots, strawberry jars, hanging baskets and planters that will be used to grow your herbs should have drainage holes to facilitate the disposal of excess water.
  • Their size also plays a key role in the success of your project. Too small or too large a container will directly influence the growth of aromatics.

Ideally, we opt for:

Decorative pots: wide at the base, more than 30 cm in diameter and depth

Planters: depth and width of 20 cm and more, maximum length 1.2 m

Strawberry jars: diameter and minimum depth of 20 cm, large enough orifices

Hanging baskets: maximum diameter of 25 cm

Cultivation Tips

In order for your herbs to be tasty and optimize their developpement, certain precautions and culture practices must be respected, such as: location, potting soil, fertilization, water and maintenance.

Location: Sunny, 6 to 8 hours a day. Sheltered from the wind to preserve the flavor. Near the house for easy picking;

Soil: A mix (1 to 1) of marine compost and potted soil;

Fertilization: A compost input to the planting. Natural and organic fertilizers as needed. The excessive use of fertilizer stimulates the growth of the herbs too quickly and modifies the flavor;

Water: As needed. Deep watering, preferably in the morning;

Maintenance: Regular weeding. Hoeing of the soil surface for better water absorption. Regular nipping of the stems to branch out the plant. Remove the damaged parts quickly. Inspect frequently to prevent insect infestations and the proliferation of diseases.

Want to plant your herbs according to the rules? See our article ”Vegetable garden in a container – 10 steps to successful planting” now