A fun way to grow herbs in pots
Growing herbs in pots is one of the easiest ways to have fresh herbs at your fingertips. There are just a few basic principles to follow that will determine your success.
Provide your herbs with these 6 essential elements, and you will create a healthy container herb garden that will provide you with an abundant harvest.
- Lots of Sunshine
- The Right Pots
- Good Potting Soil
- Consistent Water
- Fertilize as Needed
- Harvest & Prune Often
- 1 – Eight Or More Hours Of Sun
- 2 – Select The Right Sized Pot With Good Drainage.
- 3- Select The Right Potting Mix For Your Container Herb Garden
- 4- Water On A Regular Basis.
- 5- Apply A Nitrogen Rich Fertilizer That Will Promote Strong Leafy Growth.
- 6- Harvest & Prune Your Herbs Frequently.
- Five ways to keep herbs productive
- Fertilizer for herbs: Benefits, types, and how to fertilize
- Importance of fertilizer
- Different types of fertilizer
- N-P-K Ratio
- How to fertilizer herbs
- Managing nutrient needs in container grown herbs
- Need Help?
- How To Start An Herb Garden
- Do Herbs Need Fertilizer?
- Best Fertilizer For Herbs
- When To Fertilize Herbs
- How Often To Fertilize Herbs
- How Much Herb Fertilizer Should You Use?
- How To Fertilize Herbs
- Best Fertilizers For Herbs
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1 – Eight Or More Hours Of Sun
Almost all culinary herbs require full sun. Position your sun-loving herb plants where they will receive 8 or more hours of sun. Parsley, Chives, and Mints are a few culinary herbs that will also do well in partial sun. For these herbs, a location that receives morning sun can work just as well. See the chart at the bottom for the sun requirements of the most common culinary herbs or check the label on your plant.
The really great thing about having a potted herb garden is you can move the pots throughout the growing season to ensure they receive the right amount of sun. As the summer goes on the sun gets higher in the sky, so this may change the location in your garden that is best for your potted herbs.
2 – Select The Right Sized Pot With Good Drainage.
When growing herbs in pots, make sure the pots have good drainage and are large enough to support the plant’s root system. Larger containers will also need to be watered less frequently, so this may weigh in on your decision.
A large planter with several of your favorite herbs planted together can be an easy & efficient way to design your potted herb garden. For additional information on choosing the correct herb pots read the article on herb garden containers.
3- Select The Right Potting Mix For Your Container Herb Garden
The white granules shown in this potting mix are perlite & help to improve drainage in your pots.
Choose a potting mix 1-quart for growing in pots. Potted herbs require soil with additional drainage. This is true for growing herbs in pots inside as well as outside. A perfect potting mix for containers is one that holds the moisture in but still drains well.
Don’t ever use the soil from your garden to fill your herb containers. Outdoor garden soil from the ground is much too compact to be used in a container garden. When wet, some types of garden soil will get so compacted it will basically smother your plants. Even when planted in soil, the plant’s roots need oxygen to survive.
A good potting soil for container herbs is Burpee Organic Growing Mix. Their potting mix uses coconut coir (which is preferred by some as it is a renewable resource).
You can make your own potting soil with peat moss or coco peat, coarse sand, and either perlite or vermiculite. If you plan on having a large potted herb garden, this can be a very economical way to make your potting soil. You can use an empty trash can or even a wheel barrel to mix the materials. As long as you are growing outside, you can also add compost to your potting soil mix. This will help to feed your herbs.
Better Homes & Gardens gives the following recipe to make an All-Purpose Potting Mix which is perfect for growing herbs in pots.
All-Purpose Potting Mix
Use this nutrient-rich blend when planting or replacing plants in containers.
- 8 quarts potting soil with vermiculite or perlite
- 1 quart coarse sand
- 4 quarts sphagnum peat moss, compost, and/or rotted manure
Another homemade potting mix specifically suggested for vegetable & herb containers by the University of Illinois Extension. This recipe will make two bushels of potting mix and includes the correct fertilizer for growing herbs in pots.
4- Water On A Regular Basis.
When growing herbs in containers, the soil will dry out more quickly than herbs planted in the ground. Set up a watering schedule to make sure your pots do not dry out. Watering in the early morning or evening hours is best, so the water does not evaporate as quickly.
Adjust the schedule as needed through the season. You may need to water less in the spring during the rainy season & more during the hot dry days of summer.
If you don’t think you will remember to water your potted herb garden or if you will be away on vacation, consider one of these solutions which can help make sure your herbs receive the water they need. Since growing herbs in pots has become so popular, there are many helpful products which can make your life a little easier.
These work by including a reservoir in the bottom of the pot that will hold extra water. You fill the reservoir normally through a pipe or tube that comes up at the top of the pot. The plant draws the water up through its roots, which is a very efficient way to water your herb plants. You do still have to fill the reservoir occasionally, but much less often.
Drip irrigation systems for potted plants.
These systems can be set up to automatically water your potted herb garden or even raised bed or elevated gardens. You set up a soaker hose or a patio drip system which is connected to a timer. This type of system is perfect for anyone who travels frequently or has a busy schedule.
For more ideas and products to make watering easier, see our article on automatic plant watering systems. Finally, remember to think about the individual herbs needs. Some herbs do not require as much water – specifically the Mediterranean herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme and Sage are more tolerant of drier conditions.
5- Apply A Nitrogen Rich Fertilizer That Will Promote Strong Leafy Growth.
Sea Magic Organic Growth Fertilizer
It is important to fertilizer when growing herbs in containers since they have no other way of receiving nutrients. Fish emulsion or seaweed extract fertilizers are good choices for herbs.
Herbs will require more fertilizer during periods of strong growth such as mid-summer. At a minimum, you should fertilize your herbs on a monthly basis.
Check the label of your potting mix, it may have container fertilizer within the mix, so wait until the period of time listed on the package has elapsed before adding additional fertilizer.
6- Harvest & Prune Your Herbs Frequently.
Herbs are at their freshest in the morning hours just after the dew has dried. This is a perfect time for harvesting.
Don’t forget to prune your container herbs to keep them bushy. Whether you are growing herbs in containers or in the ground, most herbs grow better with a frequent pruning. This will encourage them to stay bushy and prolong the length of the harvest. If you see any flower buds starting to develop early, snip them off to extend their life in the garden.
Follow these six simple rules and you will become a pro at growing herbs in pots.
Last updated by Virginia Dodd at January 22, 2020.
Five ways to keep herbs productive
The herb ‘family’ is a large and varied one from all over the world – from oriental and subtropical herbs, to native British species.
What they all have in common is the presence of oils that give them their fragrance and flavour, plus the ability to withstand being chopped regularly.
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Once you start using lots of herbs, it’s economical to grow your own. Follow our guide to keeping your crops of herbs productive.
Re-sow annuals and biennials
Ensure a steady supply of fresh plants for your pots, by sowing a new batch once you’re halfway through your current crop. Sprinkle seeds thinly over the surface of a pot of multi-purpose compost, and don’t prick out the seedlings. In winter, sow into pots on a warm windowsill.
Provide the right conditions
Mediterranean herbs love lots of sun and good drainage. Herbs like parsley, mint, chives, tarragon and coriander, enjoy plenty of light but get stunted or tough if too dry and hot. Basil is fussy – grow it in good light but avoid strong midday sun and water carefully.
Re-pot or top dress
Boost perennials with fresh compost in spring. Mint needs good nourishment, so pot up a few strong roots into new compost each spring. Divide chives and tarragon each second spring, and top dress or re-pot woody Mediterranean herbs, such as rosemary.
Feed and water regularly
Apply general-purpose liquid fertiliser to keep your herbs leafy, plus an occasional dose of liquid seaweed, as the trace elements improve flavour. High-potash tomato feed in mid- summer helps to toughen up Mediterranean herbs so they can withstand hot dry spells.
Cut back perennial herbs annually
Herbs like mint and chives die down in winter, so need cutting to the ground in late autumn. Woody herbs like rosemary and sage become straggly with age, so prune into shape after flowering or in spring. Clip lavender into a neat shape in late summer by removing old flowers.
Fertilizer for herbs: Benefits, types, and how to fertilize
Just like people need food, and cars need gasoline, plants need nutrients to “fuel” their growth. Herbs are no exception to this. However, their needs are slightly different than other vegetable or ornamental plants, especially when grown in containers. Understanding why fertilization is important and how to do it correctly encourages strong, healthy growth in your herb garden.
Importance of fertilizer
All plants have certain nutrients that are essential for plant growth. This includes nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, sodium, boron, chlorine, manganese, iron, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and nickel.
Nutrients are found naturally in the soil. As plants absorb and use them you have to add them back into the soil using fertilizers. A lack of any specific nutrient will cause deficiency symptoms within your plan, affecting growth.
To simplify plant nutrition needs, many focus primarily on nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. But why are these three important?
- Nitrogen regulates vegetative growth and keeps leaves green.
- Phosphorus makes up the genetic building blocks within plant cells. It is also needed for root growth and flowering.
- Potassium works by activating enzymatic reactions.
Different types of fertilizer
Deciding on what type of fertilizer to use can be challenging. There are many different types of fertilizer available for purchase. A quick look online or locally is often overwhelming because of the numerous options to choose from.
When looking at fertilizers, it helps to understand the differences in the types. There are three main characteristics that differentiate fertilizers from one another: chemical makeup, nutrient availability, and product form.
They can be inorganic or organic, slow-release or quick-release, and granular or liquid. Which product you choose depends on your own preferences.
Inorganic versus organic
Inorganic fertilizers – often called conventional or chemical fertilizers – are made using mineral deposits or synthetic, manmade materials. The nutrient sources used as ingredients are quickly available to plants after application. This is a benefit since plant deficiencies can be quickly fixed, minimizing long term damage.
On the other hand, organic fertilizers are made from all-natural, organic sources. They are considered natural fertilizers and usually contain broken down remains of organisms or waste byproducts of such organisms. Due to their composition, some of the nutrients found in organic fertilizers are not readily available for plant uptake. After application, microorganisms and bacteria need to break the materials down. Then the nutrients are released and can be used by plants.
Compared to chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers benefit soil microbes and improve the soil structure over time. The positive influence on the physical, biological, and chemical properties of the soil (1, 2, 3) are increasing their popularity among gardeners.
Slow release versus quick release
Nutrient availability differs immensely between slow-release and quick-release fertilizers.
Slow-release fertilizers are comprised of ingredients that will break down over time. This provides a gradual source of nutrition to plants.
Quick-release fertilizers have all of the nutrients available for plant uptake immediately. This helps to minimize long term impacts from deficiencies. It also increases the probability nutrients will leach out of the soil quickly.
Granular versus liquid
Lastly, the type of fertilizer can be split into either a granular or liquid product.
Granular fertilizers are also known as dry fertilizers. Dry nutrient sources are mixed together and then incorporated into granules for easy application. Their nutrients can either be quick-release, available immediately for plants, or slow-release to feed over a longer period of time.
Liquid fertilizers are manufactured in water-soluble concentrates. They are meant to be diluted in water. The fertilizer solution is applied when the plants are watered. Liquids are well-liked by indoor gardeners because they mix easily and thoroughly. One of their main drawbacks is they are not available as slow-release.
On the upside, plants can’t tell the difference in nutrients supplied by either form.
To help make it easier to understand nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) are used to label fertilizers. This allows consumers to easily compare different products regardless of their makeup or nutrient availability.
The numbers found on the fertilizer label are known as the N-P-K ratio (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium). This tells the percentage, by weight, of the three main nutrients in the bag. For example, a 10 pound bag of 5-10-10 fertilizer, contains 0.5 pounds of nitrogen, 1 pound of phosphorus, and 1 pound of potassium.
How to fertilizer herbs
- If using a liquid, mix the fertilizer solution at half the rate listed per the directions on the label. Use plain water to dilute the liquid concentrate.
- If using a granular product, apply at half the rate listed. Granular fertilizers can be scattered on the potting soil or mixed with water depending on the formula. Granular fertilizers need to be watered into the growing media. After application, water the pot thoroughly until water comes out the drainage holes in the container.
- Apply fertilizer every 6 weeks during the spring, summer, and fall. Container-grown herbs do not need fertilizer in the winter, even when grown indoors. Plant growth slows because of shorter day lengths.
Managing nutrient needs in container grown herbs
Nutrient management is slightly different in container gardens and when growing herbs than in traditional gardening methods.
Considerations for container gardening
- Containers need more frequent watering than garden soil. This leaches the nutrients out of the root zone faster. The smaller amount of soil in containers also holds fewer nutrients. Fertilizer at a lesser amount, more often, to compensate.
Considerations for herb gardening
- Fertilize lightly. Too much fertilizer makes plants grow too quickly. Rapid growth reduces the concentration of essential oils in the leaves of fresh herbs, resulting in less flavor.
- Do not get fertilizer on leaves. This can burn the foliage.
- Avoid using compost, compost teas, or fish emulsions on your herb plants. They are popular and work well in a traditional vegetable garden or with other container plants. However, they don’t provide the range of nutrients needed when you grow herbs in containers.
Considerations when using potting soil
- Most commercial potting soils have fertilizers in them. Wait for 4-6 weeks after potting herbs to begin fertilizing. This gives the plant time to deplete nutrients from the growing media.
- Do not apply granular fertilizers when the potting mix is dry. This can damage the root system. Water them in well to move nutrients throughout the container.
Fertilizing indoor herbs provides plants with the nutrients they need for strong, healthy growth. You can choose to use inorganic or organic, slow-release or quick-release, and granular or liquid products based upon your preference. Herbs grown indoors in containers should be fertilized at a lighter/lower rate and more often than other plants for the best results.
How To Start An Herb Garden
Herbs are very easy to grow with a little sunshine, soil that drains well, some watering, and a little fertilizer or compost. Herbs can be grown in pots; however, the plants always prefer to be in the ground where they can spread out. Some plants grow quite large (4-6 feet), and when placed in pots they can become stunted and can get stressed, which causes them to be very unhappy.
Main Thing Necessary To Grow Herbs is to Put Them in The Right Place
The main requirement for growing Herbs is growing them in the proper location. Most prefer full sun as long as regular summer temperatures don’t rise above 90 degrees. If you have very warm summers, then consider planting in and area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade in the summertime, or a place that receives filtered light (such as under a tree that allows some light to pass through). Check the area several times during the day to make sure that there are at least four hours of sun. (e.g., 8 to 12, 12 to 4, or from 9 to 11 and 2 to 4)
For planting Herbs, you need approximately 1 to 4 feet in diameter for each plant, depending on the plant. Here are some general guidelines for plant sizes:
- 3-4 feet – Rosemary, Sage, Mints, Oregano, Marjoram
- 2 feet – Basils, Thyme, Tarragon, Savory
- 1 foot – Cilantro, Chives, Dill, Parsley
Prepare The Soil
Next, you need to prepare the soil. Digging with a large garden fork loosens soil that has become compacted over the years. This allows water to drain and creates space for plant roots to reach down into the soil. This is the most important step–shortcuts here are disastrous for your plants. Adding compost to your soil, about an inch or so on top and then mixing it into the soil, helps prevent drainage problems and adds fertilizer to the garden.
The Final Step is to Plant Healthy, Strong Plants and Water Them As They Get Dry
The final step is to plant healthy, strong plants and water them when they become dry. Most Herbs like to be watered as soon as the soil located a couple of inches below the surface is dry to the touch. Since temperatures and humidity cause drying times to vary every week, you must check the soil often. Do not over-water. More water is not better and can lead to diseases or just poor growing conditions for your Herbs, which will result in reduced growth.
For harvesting, you simply cut off about 1/3 of the branches when the plant reaches at least 6-8″ tall. By cutting close to a leaf intersection, your plants will regrow very quickly. Some plants, such as parsley, grow new leaves from their center. In this case the oldest branches need to be completely removed, leaving the new tiny branches growing from the center. This becomes clearer as you watch your plants grow and mature.
Herb Gardening in Containers
Herbs are much easier to grow than many houseplants. All you need is a sunny, warm place and containers large enough for your plants to grow. Sunny decks, patios, and other such areas are great for container gardening. By growing Herbs in containers, you save yourself the difficulty of digging that starting a garden plot requires.
However, if you are lucky enough to have a great location for a garden, and you like to work outdoors, remember that your plants always prefer to be in the ground. Some plants grow quite large and do much better in the ground for that reason alone. Container gardening requires diligent watering and regular feeding, but it can be easy and fun.
The Main Things You Will Need Are:
- Large Pots (clay or plastic) 8″ to 18″ in diameter (It is a good idea to combine several herbs that have the same watering requirements into a single container)
- Good Potting Soil (enough to fill your pots)
- Plant fertilizer (Organic herb or vegetable fertilizer is recommended)
- Watering Can or Hose
For planting Herbs, you need to allow for at least 8″ in diameter for each plant. Later you may want to transplant to larger pots because the Herbs will outgrow their pots over time. (Basils can grow to over 2 1/2 feet high.)
First, prepare your container by filling it with good potting soil and add fertilizer according to the directions on the package for herbs or for most vegetables. Moisten the potting soil by mixing in water until the soil feels damp all the way through. Place the pot on a saucer, if you need to protect your deck or table, and you are ready to plant.
Next, dig holes large enough for each plant. Release the plants from their starter containers by turning them upside down, tapping the bottom, and gently pulling on the base of the stems until the plant comes out of the container. Place the plant in the hole and gently press soil around the edges to fill. Water the plant immediately after planting; afterward, water them only when the soil gets dry to the touch. Over-watering can be just as bad for Herbs as under-watering.
Plants should get at least four hours of sunshine per day (certain plants appreciate a bit of shade in the hot summer months during the afternoon hours). They can grow with less sunshine, but they will not grow as well. For harvesting, you simply cut off about 1/3 of the branches when the plant reaches at least 6-8″ tall. By cutting close to a leaf intersection your plants will regrow very quickly.
Fertilizing herbs is a great way to keep them growing and looking great. In this post, I’ll talk about different types of herb fertilizer, and which are the best. Then I’ll show you when, how often, how much, and exactly how to fertilize herbs.
One of the best things about growing herbs is that they are very low maintenance plants. Which means they don’t require a ton of care.
So don’t be intimidate by the thought of fertilizing herbs, it’s really not that difficult! I’m going to break it all down, and make this super easy for you.
Here’s what you’ll find in this detailed herb fertilizer guide…
- Do Herbs Need Fertilizer?
- Best Fertilizer To Use
- Slow Release Granules
- Liquid Fertilizers
- When To Fertilize
- How Often To Fertilize
- How Much Should You Use?
- How To Fertilize
Do Herbs Need Fertilizer?
Herbs are not heavy feeders, so you don’t need to fertilize them as often as other plants in your garden. But they do benefit from a feeding now and then, especially when grown in containers.
Herbs in containers will require more fertilizer than those growing in the garden. That’s because nutrients are flushed out of the pot every time you water. And containerized herbs have no way to replenish the nutrients they use up as they grow.
Feeding herbs in containers using compost tea
Best Fertilizer For Herbs
It’s always best to use natural fertilizer for herbs rather than chemical ones. They are not only healthier for us, but they’re much better for the plants too.
Synthetic fertilizers strip the soil of its natural nutrients, which is not good for the long term health of the plant. Plus, it’s way too easy to overuse them, which can damage plants and cause fertilizer burn.
Organic fertilizers work with nature, adding a wealth of rich nutrients to the soil and the plants. There are tons of wonderful options for organic herb fertilizer on the market these days, and they are all super easy to use.
Slow Release Granules
Granular fertilizers release nutrients into the soil over time. They aren’t immediately available for absorption, but they do feed herbs longer. So you don’t need to apply them very often.
Here are my favorite types of granules I use to fertilize herbs…
- Organic granules
- Natural compost (commercial or homemade)
- Earthworm castings
- Composted manure
- Root zone feeder packs
Water soluble fertilizers can be absorbed quickly, so they’re great for giving herbs a quick boost of nutrients. But they don’t last as long as granular types, so they need to be applied more often.
Here are some excellent options of liquids for fertilizing herbs…
- Liquid kelp seaweed
- Compost tea concentrate
- Worm castings tea
- Compost tea bags
- Fish emulsion
Slow release organic plant food for herbs
When To Fertilize Herbs
You can fertilize herbs any time during the day, but never feed them if they are drooping or stressed. Fertilizing herbs that are under stress can severely damage, or even kill them.
So always be sure to check to make sure the soil isn’t dried out before feeding. If the soil is dry, or the plant is drooping, then give it a good drink of water several hours in advance.
How Often To Fertilize Herbs
Herbs don’t need to be fertilized very often, so don’t stress over following a strict regimen. For best results, always follow the instructions on the label.
But in general, granules only need to be applied once or twice during the growing season. Add them to the soil at planting time, and then again maybe once more in the middle of the summer.
Liquid fertilizers can be applied more often, but don’t overdo it. Apply them once every 2-4 weeks for herbs in pots, and about every 4-6 weeks for herbs growing in the ground.
How Much Herb Fertilizer Should You Use?
The exact herb fertilizer ratio varies depending on if you’re growing them in the ground or in pots. It also depends on the type of herb fertilize you’re using.
Your first step should always be to read the label on the package. It should tell you how much to use for fertilizing herbs in pots -vs- the garden.
Measuring herb garden fertilizer before use
How To Fertilize Herbs
The exact steps for how to fertilize herbs depends on whether you’re using granules or a liquid. Always read the label for exact instructions, but here are some general guidelines…
- Fertilizing herbs using granules – Sprinkle the recommended amount evenly around the base of your herbs. Mix it into the soil using a hand rake, taking care not to disturb the roots. Water the soil to activate the granules.
- Feeding herbs with liquid fertilizer – Mix the recommended amount with water in a watering can. Then slowly pour it over the top of the soil around the base of the plant.
Fertilizing herb plants in garden using granules
Fertilizing herbs isn’t required, but it will help them grow, and look great too. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll see just how easy it is. And you’ll know exactly what to look for in order to buy the best organic fertilizer for herbs!
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Share your tips for fertilizing herbs, or your favorite fertilizer for herb gardens in the comments below.
Best Fertilizers For Herbs
Do I Need To Fertilize My Herbs?
Typically, herbs do not require much fertilizer because it would cause excessive leaf production and less concentrated flavor, but there are exceptions. Reason being, most soil and compost provides all necessary nutrients when planted in the ground. Potted plants on the other hand, are limited to the soil in its container which halts its able to replenish its nutrients after being “watered” so many times. Nutrients are then lost during drainage and not replaced.
How Do You Fertilize A Potted Plant?
There are two ways to best fertilize potted plants: slow releasing fertilizers and water soluble fertilizers.
Slow releasing fertilizers you may add to the soil before potting your plant or add to the top of the soil and comb through after planting. Here are a few that are natural and organic you might want to check out:
Water soluble fertilizers are to be added on a schedule to the water you would apply to your plants. Per the fertilizer’s directions, you’ll add whatever amount is directed into your watering can and apply to each plant. There is no need to added more fertilizer as you water additional plants. Be sure to water deep and soil only. Watering leaves could burn the plant and set the stage for mildew.
It may be best to use a combination of slow releasing fertilizer as the beginning of the seasoning before your plant and water soluble fertilizer towards the middle of the season every 14-21 days. This helps with plants that start to look tired and lose it’s color.
More about herbs and container gardening:
5 Easy Ways To Preserve Fresh Herbs
10 Common Container Gardening Mistakes To Avoid
Container Gardening Basics
What other fertilizers would you consider the best fertilizers for herbs?
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Safe to Use Fertilizer on Herbs?
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Patti
Posted on: July 22, 2005
I have a serious question. My sister and I have had many debates over Miracle-Gro for herbs. I don’t think it’s safe to spray it on herbs, flowers yes, but herbs? What do you think, is it safe. My sister grows flowers, and I grow herbs as organic as possible.
Miracle-Gro fertilizers come in a wide range of formulations: liquid and granular, slow release and fast feed, etc. I suspect what you mean to ask is whether it safe to use chemical fertilizer on herbs, be it Miracle-Gro or any other similar brand of fertilizer.
“Safe” can mean two things. Is the fertilizer safe for the plants? Or are herbs grown with the fertilizer safe for human consumption?
It is partly true that it’s better to grow herbs without fertilizer because then the essential oils in the leaves will be more concentrated and the leaves will have more flavour. But too little fertilizer could leave the plants stunted and the harvest small. When grown in the garden herbs do not require much feeding because there is plenty of room for the roots to spread. But herbs in containers such as pots, window boxes and planters are a different story: container-grown herbs have less room to grow and will exhaust the nutrients in the soil much more quickly. For container herbs we recommend supplementary feeding with any liquid fertilizer such as fish emulsion or cheically-based liquid fertilizers such as Miracle-Gro. Be sure to follow the label directions because too much fertilizer will “burn” the leaves and roots.
Fertilizers — even the chemically-based ones — are safe to use on herbs. The biggest concern is a possible buildup of salts on the foliage when harvested and used. Nitrates, especially, can affect health if one ingests too much; but nitrate residues on herbs are unlikely to reach levels hazardous to human health. Long before salt levels on plants become excessive for human health, plants will writher and die.
The horsetail (Equisetum arvense L.) traditionally considered a medicinal plant with many properties for our health. This plant is very appreciated for being one of the best natural diuretics that exist. Also highly valued for the positive benefits for the kidneys, slimming, depurative and detoxifying.
Although it is a plant that grows in abundance in the clay soils of the humid regions of the northern hemisphere, at the moment it can be found in the whole planet, mainly, on the banks of the rivers and streams and in the surroundings of grasslands.
But, in addition to its cleansing properties, horsetail is also known for its aesthetic and regenerative properties, as it helps to renew cell tissues, giving a better look to our skin and making it look more beautiful. The sterile stems of the plant are harvested during the summer season and allowed to dry in the shade, eliminating discolored parts. Then they are crushed and put into bags with which they are made all kinds of preparations for beauty and health. From fresh juices to essences, infusions, syrups, capsules, lotions, waters for enemas, creams, extracts, decoctions, and nebulizations.
5 benefits of horsetail
1. It is diuretic
The ponytail is one of the best natural supplements that exist to help promote fluid removal, making it ideal for those who suffer from inflammation, arthritis or gout and also for those suffering from kidney, bladder and stone problems In the kidneys.
2. Soft depurative
Combined with other medicinal plants such as nettle, milk thistle or dandelion, it allows purifying our body of toxic agents. We recommend taking this plant once a day for a month, twice a year. Preferably during spring and autumn.
3. Improves the condition of the skin and nails
Its high content of silicon helps to maintain and recover the connective tissues of the skin, rejuvenating and invigorating it.
In this regard, it also helps to form the collagen that our nails need.
4. Helps to lose weight -eliminate fluids-
Because of its cleansing effect, horsetail also helps prevent and eliminate cellulite. It fights toxins in our body, making it a great complement for those who are on a diet. However, it must be taken into account that what is eliminated is liquid, not fat.
5. Strengthens our bones and tendons
The high mineral content of the ponytail makes this plant have a remineralizing effect, helping to nourish and strengthen our bones. Ideal to help prevent cavities, osteoporosis and improve wound healing.
It is, therefore, a good complement for those people who do sport in a habitual way, since it affects positively on the flexibility of the tendons and the vessels walls.
It is important to know that the use of diuretics in the presence of hypertension and heart disease should only be done by prescription and under medical control.
The information reflected herein should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a health professional. From Robis we always recommend that you consult with a doctor or healthcare professional any questions about the intake of any dietary supplement and/or medication.
The amazing benefits of Horsetail!
The amazing benefits of Horsetail!
In this week’s blog we are sharing some fantastic information about Horsetail and its amazing features and benefits! Horsetail is one of the many beneficial Organic Herbal Extracts that we use in our products here at EverEscents.
What is Horsetail?
Horsetail is a member of the Equisetaceae family; the sole survivor of a line of plants going back three hundred million years. It is a descendant of ancient plants that grew as tall as trees during the carboniferous period of prehistoric times and members of this family gave rise to many of our coal deposits. Since being recommended by the Roman physician Galen, several cultures have employed horsetail as a folk remedy for kidney and bladder troubles, arthritis, bleeding ulcers, and tuberculosis. The Chinese use it to cool fevers and as a remedy for eye inflammations such as conjunctivitis and corneal disorders, dysentery, flu, swellings and haemorrhoids. Horsetail Herb is considered to have the best possible healing effect for most skin conditions. It has healing and calming properties and strengthens the hair whilst giving a healthier glow.
What are the Benefits of Horsetail?
Horsetail is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, coagulant, demulcent, diuretic and astringent activity.
Reportedly, it has been used in the treatment of a number of health conditions which include; brittle bones, hair, teeth and nails, gingivitis, tonsillitis, rheumatic disorders, edema, osteoarthritis, diabetes, acne, wounds, itchiness, rashes, burns, frostbite, chilblains, athlete’s foot, cracked and tired feet, ulcers, gastrointestinal conditions, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, fever, bladder problems, urinary tract infection, bed wetting in children.
Horsetail is also known to strengthen the body’s immune system.
Horsetail Herb is a natural source of silica. Because of its content of silica, this plant is recommended when it is necessary for the body to repair bony tissues that are in not well condition, as a result of some traumatism or because of their own corporal decalcification. Silica helps to fix calcium, so that the body can store more quantity of this mineral and it is able to form stronger bones or tendons. Research shows that silica in Horsetail may help promote hair growth and strength and may also be beneficial for hair loss, dandruff, and split ends.
Therefore, drinking Horsetail tea and massaging its herbal tincture and washing the hair with Horsetail extract mixed shampoo may be effective to achieve dandruff free nourished, strong, lustrous, and rejuvenated hair. It can also improve the circulation in the scalp and strengthen hair follicles; this is the reason that we use Horsetail extract in all of our EverEscents shampoos!
It’s so lovely to know more about what ingredients we are putting onto our skin and bodies and how we can benefit from them, to view the EverEscents Organic Hair Care range
Horsetail Herb Growing And Info: How To Grow Horsetail Herbs
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) may not be favored by all, but to some this plant is treasured. Horsetail herb uses are plentiful and caring for horsetail plants in the herb garden is easy, provided you keep it from jumping ship and overtaking other areas of the garden. Keep reading to learn how to grow horsetail herbs.
Horsetail Plant Info
To some people it is a nuisance; to others it is an interesting and ancient herb that has earned its rightful place in history, the medicine closet and beauty products. Growing where other plants dare not, horsetail plant is a member of the Equisetum family and is closely related to ferns. Like ferns, horsetail plants reproduce via spores and they have a very deep rhizome system that can tunnel up to 3 feet under the soil.
Within the Equisetum family, there are two large groups: horsetails and scouring rushes. Horsetails have branches and a bushy appearance and scouring rushes have no branches. Both plants are without true leaves and use chlorophyll in their stems for photosynthesis.
Horsetail is also known by a number of other names, including mare’s tail, horse pipes,
snake grass and joint grass. Horsetail plant info suggests that it has earned its name for its jointed or segmented appearance and bristle-like texture, which is similar to a horse’s tail.
Horsetail Herb Uses
Horsetail is a very valuable herb due to its high content of silicon used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Horsetail has also been used to lower blood pressure, as a diuretic, to strengthen brittle nails, stop bleeding gums, relieve sore throats and as a topical treatment of burns and wounds. As with any herb, it is always best to consult a professional first.
It can also be used as a substitute for a scouring pad in the kitchen by bundling several stems together and taking advantage of the tough and rough texture on the stems.
How to Grow Horsetail
Horsetail herb growing isn’t difficult if you provide the right conditions. Horsetail is fond of wet or boggy areas and thrives in poor soil, making it a perfect choice for areas in the landscape where other plants fail to thrive.
Because it tends to spread rapidly, it’s best to give horsetail plenty of room to spread. The plants can also be kept in bounds by sinking them in bottomless containers. In fact, if you have limited space, you can grow horsetail in a container.
Plants prefer a half day of sun and high heat and humidity. If you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 – 10, horsetail is easy to grow. It’s best to start plants from seed six weeks before the last frost and transplant outside in early spring.
Caring for horsetail is easy once planted. Soil should remain wet at all times. If you are growing in a container, keep an eye on moisture levels and water accordingly. Keep old stems pruned for best performance.
Harvesting Horsetail Herbs
Horsetail herb harvesting is done in the summer. Pick stems, discarding any discolored ones, and let them dry in a cool, dark place. Once dry, the stem can be ground into a powder and stored in an airtight container for up to one year, or use for ornamental purposes. Young shoots can also be eaten like asparagus.