For people who use herbs in their cooking on a regular basis it is most convenient to have them close at hand on the windowsill. Normally this would mean the herbs growing on pots, but there is another way and that is to grow them in water and so not have to bother with soil. Growing herbs in this way does involve a slightly different technique, but that is all explained in this article by Sierra Bright which I found on the Natural Living Ideas website.

Do you have a few favorite ?go-to? herbs? Why not grow them in water and keep them close at hand on the kitchen window sill or right on the counter? Water-grown herbs are just as flavorsome as those you grow in the garden. You don?t have to mess with soil or worry about regular watering or changing seasons.
Most herbs will be happy growing in water, but those propagated from cuttings are easier to start in water. Seed-grown annuals like cilantro, mustard, and dill are a bit tricky because you need to sow the seeds in soil or some other medium and then transfer the seedlings to water. Soil to water transition is not impossible, but it may not always work out because soil-grown roots are a bit different from water roots.

What You Need to Grow Herbs in Water


For a simple herb stand in the kitchen, you can root herb cuttings in plain water in glass bottles. Avoid using chlorinated water directly as the bleaching chemical is not exactly friendly to plant tissues. Tap water that has been left to air overnight is fine, so is stored rainwater. Spring water or well water is the best because it has some amount of dissolved minerals that may be of use to plants.

Go to the next page to learn about the best containers to use and the list of herbs that you can grow in water.