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Growing and Buying of Herbs

Buying Herbal Plants

All the herbs cannot be grown in all the seasons and many herbs grow and flourish under particular climatic condition, soil.

While buying plants ensure that -

  • Herbs are purchased from a reliable Nursery.

  • Price are reasonable and not exorbitant.

  • If plants are bought in later part of spring, nurseries have planty of healthy and young plants which are free from danger of frosts.

  • Specimen of plants should be healthy and strong, and there must be plenty of space in the pot to help the young plants grow.

  • Do not purchase herbs which are yellow or withered, or even straggling. Loose soil points to recent replanting.

  • Make sure that the underside portion of herbs is free from pests such as whitefly, red spider mite and aphids.

  • Finally check that the plants are properly and correctly labelled, as chances of mistake are always present.

Growing The Plants

Herbal plants can be easily grown in gardens or window boxes. Annual and benial herbs should be sown at the soil where they are intended to be grown. In this respect closely follow the instructions on the container or packets.

The herbs which can be shown easily and that grow easily are

  • Chamomile Dill
  • Pot Marigold.

Perrenial herbs which grow well from seeds are fennel, elecampane, hyssop, thyme, fever few, ribwort plantain and skull cap, sage, dandelion, white decidnettle and chickweed grow as weeds.

Divide roots with a mine fork or sharp spade, and replant immediately but don't forget to water properly and throughly. Pepperment, Chamomile and Elecampane could be propagated by cutting and replanting small offsets and runners. These herbs should be planted in early spring.

Woody perrenial herbs, like sage, rose merry, hyssop, lavender thyme are best propagated by cuttings taken from side shoots either in early autumn or late simmer. base of the root should be dipped in hormone rooting powder and pot.

How to Dry Herbs

Availability of fresh herbs is restricted by seasonal growing patterns of herbs. Hence, it is better to store such herbs which are not available all the year round.

These herbs should be -

  • Gathered

  • Dried under shade and not under sunlight

  • Stored

  • Preserved under most hygienic conditions lest their efficiency and utility is reduced.

 

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