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Kelp is a great solution not only as an organic fertilizer, but also as a soil conditioner, and it can help promote flowering.

Indoors, container-grown herbs that have been treated with a kelp solution have a much greater tolerance of dry and low-light conditions, giving you healthier plants that grow and taste better.

A spray of kelp solution can also control insects if sprayed when the pests are first noticed.

Make Your Own Kelp Spray

To make your own kelp spray, get a bottle of liquid kelp (also called seaweed extract) at any garden center or nursery.


1 tablespoon (15 ml) of liquid kelp
with 1 gallon (3.8 l) of water.

Use it for watering or apply it as a foliar spray twice a month.

A List of Some of the Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

  • All Basils (Ocimum spp.)

  • Bay (Laurus nobilis)

  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

  • Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)

  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

  • Corander or Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)

  • Oregano (Origanum heracleoticum)

  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis)

  • Sage (Salvia spp.)

  • Summer Savory (Satureja hortensis)

  • Sweet Margoram (Origanum majorana)


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When to Water

If you can, it is always best to water early in the morning. This allows the plant's leaves and flowers to dry off as the day warms up.

If you water at night, the plant stays wet for hours in the cool, which are prime conditions for fungi and other problems to set in.

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