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Growing herbs: Help, they won’t grow! 10 common reasons why it could be that they do not sprout properly

You wanted so much to grow herbs at home or in the garden and had imagined a sprouting, fragrant little garden where you can harvest the healthy green fresh. But instead, the plants hang their heads and are anything but lush, they don’t grow properly and the lush green they wanted is unfortunately more of a yellowish color. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do something wrong in your herb garden. Check to see if it might be one of these common mistakes, and you can turn things around after all and transform that meager growth into a vibrant, lush, buzzing herb oasis.

Growing herbs: They are in the wrong place

Growing herbs Group plants and choose the right location

It may sound trivial, but often this is already a reason, consequently an important one, why the plants do not thrive properly. Just like other plants, the various herbs have specific requirements for location and soil. Before buying, check whether your herbs like sun or shade. Whether they prefer boggy or well-drained soil, and whether it should be more calcareous or more acidic. You then want to group plants that have similar needs together, and choose and vary the location and soil according to the requirements. For example, lavender. Sage, oregano and thyme are all Mediterranean herbs that have the same needs and can be planted together in the appropriate location.

Too dense planting

Grow herbs Be careful with too dense planting

Planting too densely will have negative effects for any plant species. So before you plant them, find out about the growth of each plant and thus the distances from the next plant that you should keep. If the box is already too crowded, for perennial plants, consider repotting.

Do you prune regularly?

Prune herbs regularly to encourage growth

Despite the fact that herbs are not planted primarily for aesthetic purposes, but rather as useful plants, this does not mean that they do not need proper care. Or that they can be neglected. Herbs require regular pruning to grow healthy and productive. If you don’t need the herbs right now, you can freeze small portions of them. This way you will have given the plant the pruning it needs and also have a reserve on hand for spontaneous cooking activities.

Do not let them run wild

Do not let the plants bloom trim the flowers


Don’t let the plants go wild and bloom. Although some blooms are beautiful to look at, it will harm and weaken the plant down the road. Ideally, do not allow herbs to bloom at all. If they do bloom, cut off the bloom to encourage healthy growth.

Does the soil have gravel?

Gravel in the plant soil provides good drainage

Many herbs, especially the Mediterranean ones such as thyme, sage, oregano or lavender need well-drained soil where water does not stand. You will smile, but the reason why the plants do not thrive properly may actually be the lack of pebbles in the plant soil. This gives optimal drainage of excess water, preventing it from standing and rotting the plant roots, for example.

Growing herbs: Your herbs need water

Water herbs regularly, especially in the first season


Plants need a regular supply of water. Often, unfortunately, herbs are neglected in this regard, you are led to think that you do not need so much. On the possible plant labels is often the information that they tolerate drought. This may also be, but only once the roots have grown more firmly into the soil. Therefore, especially in the first growing season, be sure to water the plants regularly, at least until they become strong enough after one season. Tip: Water the herbs first thing in the morning with a little water near the roots, not watering the leaves. This way, the young plants will have enough water throughout the sunny day and can use it for their vigorous development.

Some mulch

Mulch the small water reservoir for your plant

Spread some mulch around the plants, but not too close to the plant stem. This might invite unwelcome insect guests. The mulch stores small reserves of water that can be drawn by the plant when needed.

Growing herbs: Nutrients

Grow herbs weekly fertilization for plant growth

Just when you have gotten into the habit of pruning herbs regularly, they need more vigor and more nutrients to grow . Fertilize your plants once a week with organic fertilizer or home remedies.

Have you planted peppermint in the garden?

Plant peppermint individually in a pot

It’s not bad to have a surplus of plants that grow well, however, some plant species just take over and you’ll never get rid of them. This is true, for example, of mint , which then spreads uncontrollably and constricts other plants. Therefore, plant mint in a separate pot.

Purchase infested plants

Check the plants for pests and diseases before buying them

This advice applies to all plants, but especially to those that will later end up on your table. Before buying, check the plant for signs of disease on the stem and leaves. Also look under the leaves for any presence of pests or their eggs. We hope you enjoy growing herbs and that they grow lush and fragrant.