soil for herb plant

(Question)

Hi,
I have a herb plant in container, i bring indoors during winter season .
can you suggest me soil ,for my herb plant as there are lot of soils sold in the stores. can you please suggest, me a particular soil brand for my herb plant. can you please email. Appreciate if you can reply to my email.
Thanks

(Answer)

Thank you for your inquiry. There are several advantages to growing herbs in containers. Culinary herbs in pots can be positioned conveniently near the kitchen so that you  can harvest the herbs. One can control the soil and growing conditions in a container far more easily than in a garden. When planting your herb in a container one has to make sure that the planting medium is suited to the type of herb. Not knowing what type of herb you have it is difficult to suggest a specific type of potting mix. However, there are a few basic requirements for growing herbs in containers:

1) Sun is essential. Most of our culinary herbs come from the Mediterranean and other sun-drenched regions, so they will need a place where the sun shines at least eight hours a day. Growing herbs indoors requires a very sunny south-facing windowsill.

2) Good drainage. Make sure your container has a nice-sized hole so that surplus water can drain away; herbs can’t stand to have their roots sitting in too-wet soil. The shape of the container doesn’t matter to a plant, but size does: A larger volume of potting mix dries out more slowly, so use the largest pot you can. It’s better to combine two or more plants in a large pot than to use several little pots.

3) Good soil.  Soil for containers need to be well aerated and well drained while still being able to retain enough moisture for plant growth. Soils for containers are always modified in some way to ensure proper drainage and aeration. Container soils are often referred to as “soilless mix”  because they contain no soil at all. They are often composed of various things such as peat, vermiculite, bark, and coir fiber (ground coconut hulls). They can be found under a variety of trade names. Sometimes the choice of media will be directed by what type of plants you are growing. Succulents, herbs, and perennials tend to prefer soils that are well drained and not retaining a lot of moisture over a long period of time. For them you might choose media that are courser in texture containing more bark, perlite or sand. When these mixes are used, they should be moistened slightly before planting. Fill a tub with the media, add water and lightly fluff the media to dampen it.

You may wish to refer to the following websites for additional information:

 https://www.richters.com/show.cgi?page=MagazineRack/Articles/indoors.html,

 Growing Herbs

I hope you continue to enjoy your herbs over the winter.