Here Is How to Grow These Culinary and Medicinal Herbs in Water All Year Long!

Herbal medicine is actually the oldest kind of healthcare known to mankind. Furthermore, numerous plants and herbs have culinary, therapeutic and medicinal properties.

Fortunately, you can grow certain culinary and medicinal herbs at home. The good news is that you do not have to water them or change the soil on a regular basis.

Here Is How to Grow Herbs in Water:

Herbs that root and grow in water during winter months are known as perennial herbs.

First of all, you should pour some plain water like spring water in glass bottles. Spring water is the best option since it is abundant in minerals. But, in case you cannot find spring water, then leave some tap water to air during the night. Or, you can also store some rainwater. It is NOT recommended to use chlorinated water because it contains bleaching chemical that can damage the plant tissues.

Next, take a mason jar, a glass bottle, or a plastic bottle.

You should use colored bottles. If you do not have such bottles, simply warp a piece of paper around the bottle since the roots should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Roots should not be exposed to direct sunlight to prevent algal growth on the root or the bottle.

Moreover, it is good to know that the narrow-mouthed containers can support the cuttings as well as keep them upright.

Choose soft cutting roots, and then cut about 6-inch sections from the growing herbs.

Afterwards, you should put them in the containers. Make sure you remove any lower leaves because they can root in the water and spoil it.

In case you grow rosemary cutting, you should change the water once within a week. But, you should not change the water as soon as the roots begin to grow or for 2-6 weeks.

You can induce the rooting by placing some willow branches in warm water and leaving them overnight. They can serve as an excellent soothing hormone mixture. Also, you can use some rooting hormone powder. 

These 10 Herbs Can Be Easily Grown in Water:

Rosemary – The root of the semi-woody cuttings of the herb usually take more time to grow. However, the new shoots in the spring can grow more quickly. You should keep the plant in a sunny place.

Peppermint – It is an excellent source of menthol, i.e., a volatile substance that offers a cooling sensation on the tongue or skin. That’s not all, it also does not change the temperature. All you need to do is put several fresh cuttings in water since peppermint is the easiest herb that can be grown in water.

Basil – Basis is an easily grown herb in water. The only thing you should do is put the cuttings in water before they begin to flower. Also, it is good to know that you should keep it in a sunny place.

Spearmint – It is another easily grown herb in water. You should place some cuttings in water and keep the container in a sunny spot.

Tarragon – Keep it in a warm and bright place. There are a few types of Tarragon: French Tarragon is a perfect option for culinary purposes, whereas Russian Tarragon is a good option for salads.

Sage – Put some sage cuttings in water during the spring months. Keep the herb in a well-aerated and bright place because it is susceptible to mildew.

Lemon balm – Pick a few cuttings in fall or spring, and then put them in water. Keep the container in a bright spot. After about a month, the cuttings will start rooting. It is advisable to change the water regularly. In case the weather is warm, keep the herb outdoors. Use the leaves of the herb to make tea.

Oregano – Put some fresh cuttings in water. As it grows, you should pinch the growing tips.

Thyme – Put some green cuttings in water in early summer or mid-spring before the herb starts flowering. When it is grown, you should cut the stems to stimulate branching.

Stevia – Put several stevia cuttings in water, and place the container in a warm and sunny place. You can add some stevia to your teas and drinks.

Source: www.healthyfoodhouse.com

References:

  • Gladstar, Rosemary. ˮRosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Useˮ;
  • Bremness, Lesley. ˮThe Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbsˮ;