Growing Herb Plants at home is an exciting and intriguing feature of contemporary gardening. Boma has an extended range of Herb Plants to expand the scope of exquisite flavours and aromas you can add to your cooking. There is no better feeling than cooking with fresh ingredients cultivated from your green patch. You can grow herb plants in the garden or use terracotta troughs, bowl planters or glazed pots.
About Herb Plants
The garden centre offers an extensive range of herb plants in 9cm and 1 Litre pot sizes. The range includes Helichrysum italicum (Curry Plant), Laurus Nobilis (Kitchen Bay), Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm), Mentha spicata (Curly Spearmint), Mentha suaveolens (Mint Apple), Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Chocolate' (Chocolate Mint), Origanum vulgare (Oregano), Petroselinum Crispum var. neapolitanum 'French' (Flat Leaved Parsley), Salvia officinalis ( Common Sage), Salvia rosmarinus 'Green Ginger' (Rosemary ‘Green Ginger, Lavandula 'Hidcote' (Lavender), Artemisia dracunculus (French Tarragon), Thymus ‘Silver Posie’(Thyme), Mentha pulegium ( Penny Royal), Coriandrum sativum (Coriander), Allium schoenoprasum (Chives), Ocimum basilicum (Basil), Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff), Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel), Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' (Bronze Fennel), Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple Sage) Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor' (Tricolour Sage).
Herb Plant Care
For herb plants to thrive in terracotta pots or garden patches, you must water them frequently. The amount you need to water your herb plants will depend on the species. It will also make a difference if your herb plants are in terracotta containers or you plant them freely in the ground. There is a tendency for herb plants in terracotta pots to dry out as the moisture is absorbed through the terracotta walls.
Water Your Herb Plants
In the summer, you need to watch for periods of extensive heat during periods of drought. It's best to watch out for signs of wilting.
Herb plants whose leaves have started to wilt are begging for water. You'll need to tend to them quickly to avoid unnecessary stress impacting their delicate plant structures and roots. If you tend to your herbs frequently, you can have repeat growth for months on end. Some herb plants, such as Parsley, Thyme and Rosemary, are perennials; theoretically, you can enjoy these beautiful plants for years.
Weeding Your Herb Plants
Ensuring your herb plants are free of weeds is essential. Habitually check for weeds around once a week. The smaller the weeds, the easier it is to spot them. Once a herb garden has weeds, they tend to reduce the nutrients the herbs are receiving, and it will impact their healthy growth. If you see your herb plants turning yellow and discolouring, you may have too many weeds among them. This may also affect not only the nutrients but also the water your herbs absorb. Weeds can also attract pests. So keep the weeds at bay.
Fertilising your Herb Plants
Most herb plants do not need too much fertiliser. A nutrient boost during the growing season from April to late September can ensure a bumper crop. There are some excellent feeds for growing herb plants, such as Herb Focus which has the perfect nutrient balance for an abundant harvest.
Pruning Herbs Plants
If you prune your herbs frequently, you can prevent them from seeding and keep them bearing healthy foliage for an extended period. . It's best to prune your herb plants monthly. There are Herb flowers that are aromatic and beautiful. Allowing your herbs to flower will enable them to reseed. Let some herb plants flower and prune the rest for everyday use.
Dividing Herb Plants
You will need to divide your herb plants every couple of years to maintain their health. To divide your herb plants, remove the soil and separate the roots from the top down the middle to the bottom of the root system. Then you can replant the individual help plants in a container or patch.