Thinking of growing your own herbs, but don’t want the hassle of soil in the kitchen? No worries! I’ve got you covered with this list of 7 herbs that can be grown in water–no mess necessary! You’ll be shocked at how handy it can be to have these herbs right on hand the next time you’re cooking at home.
Herbs That Root in Water
Herbs that root in water and grow through the winter months are perennial herbs. Annual herbs are designed by nature to grow one season, produce seeds, and then die. Perennials will keep coming back and producing more leaves as long as you keep pinching off the older leaves as they grow to full size.
Some of the easiest and most popular herbs grown in water are:
Is a great perennial herb that can be grown in water. Oregano can be great for cooking and can also help you when you’re sick–use it to treat coughs, digestive issues, menstrual cramps, and more!
Is an essential herb to have in the kitchen! A quick tip is to always add your basil to your food at the last minute because if you add it too soon it will lose its flavor–and nobody likes flavorless herbs!
You can also grow sage in water! It is a great herb to add to festive dishes because of it’s unique flavor. It can also be used to help with inflammations or infections for your mouth and throat.
It’s time to grow your own thyme! This herb is another favorite and although it may not last as long as other herbs, it is still worth it to have fresh, homegrown thyme.
Rosemary is an herb that tastes great and smells divine too! Use your leftover rosemary to make your own home fragrance you can burn.
If you are trying to cut back on sugar, use Stevia as a substitute. This herb can sweeten your food and make it taste great without having to turn to sugar to get the job done.
Just thinking about peppermint can start to make your mouth water! You can grow your own peppermint herbs in water and use them for foods, scents, soaps, tea, and COUNTLESS other things!
How to Grow Herb Plants in Water
This project is simple enough that you can teach your children how to grow herb plants in water and use this as an educational bit of entertainment. Begin with stems of herb plants from your garden or even some perennial herbs from the grocery store. Clip stems about 6 inches long and removes the leaves from the bottom 4 inches of the stems. If you’re using grocery store herbs, cut off the bottom of each stem to allow it to absorb the most water.
Fill a large-mouthed jar or glass with clear water from the tap or bottle, but avoid distilled water. Distilling removes some essential minerals that allow the herbs to grow. If you use a clear glass container, you’ll have to change the water more frequently, as algae will form more rapidly in a clear glass. Opaque glass is best. If you are determined to use that great-looking clear jar, tape construction paper to one side of the jar to keep sunlight from the water.
Herbs that root in water do so partly by absorbing moisture through the bottom of the stem, so clip each stem end at an angle to increase the area for the stem to use. Place the herb stems in the jars filled with water and place them in a spot where they get at least six hours of sunlight each day.
Growing herbs in water will give you a small but steady supply through the winter. Clip each leaf as it grows to full size. This will encourage the stem to produce more leaves at the top. The stem will grow for months in this way, long enough to keep your kitchen in fresh herbs until the next generation of plants grows in the spring.