Eye Candy That's Edible: How to Create an Indoor Herb Garden for Your Restaurant or Cafe

Posted on January 24, 2018

Adding an indoor herb garden to your restaurant or cafe space is an elegant way to incorporate greenery on the windowsill, with the added practical benefit of having edible herbs for cooking, baking, salads, and cocktails. Create an upscale display for herbs by planting them in PurePots’ handcrafted, fiberglass planters. With enough light, even a small indoor space can grow beautiful, edible herbs in a matter of weeks.

Try These Easy-To-Grow Herbs

For best chances of success, choose herbs that are hardy and easier to grow. You may still lose a plant or two while you’re learning and experimenting, but the satisfaction of being able to pinch off a few leaves of fresh herbs while sauteéing entrees for your patrons will more than pay for a few plants that might not grow to full potential.

Lemongrass, bay tree, chive and mint are all easier herbs to grow successfully. Mint is a particularly invasive plant, so it should have its own container. Sleek, spacious bowl planters by PurePots are a perfect choice to showcase the bright, light green leaves of a mint plant.

Herbs for “Green Thumbs”

Slightly more difficult herbs - mostly due to their need for a lot of light - are rosemary, oregano and thyme. These plants may require supplemental light beyond just sunlight, like light fixtures that mount under cabinets for herb gardens that live on the counter underneath.

Cilantro, basil and sage are the hardest herbs to grow, but with proper soil, lighting and watering, can be successfully added to any indoor herb garden. Basil is best grown during warm, bright summer months, and is the perfect addition to pastas, appetizers and salads.

Grouping Herbs

Many herbs can be planted together to create a one-pot indoor herb garden.  Just ensure that the herbs chosen have similar light and water needs. Then search for artistic fiberglass planters for your fresh herbs, and choose one in a shape and color to complement the aesthetic of the room where the herbs will be located. Bowl planters, like Round Sake Pots from Purepots, make graceful, elegant homes for one-pot herb gardens.

Plant two or three herbs together in a pot that’s about 8 inches deep and 10 inches in diameter. Just ensure that the container chosen has drainage holes (all PurePots containers can be purchased with optional drainage holes) and be careful not to overwater.

Indoor Herb Garden Design & Care Tips

Rotate the position of the pots every week. This allows each side of the herb plant to receive equal light and prevents the plants from leaning to reach the sun. PureModern’s lightweight fiberglass planters make weekly rotating simple and fast.

Begin with baby plants (plant “starts”), not with seeds. It’s harder to grow herbs from seeds, so buy baby plants from a local nursery. It also helps to buy varieties of herbs that have been bred for indoor growing.

Make sure to harvest the herbs as the plants grow - cutting them actually encourages more growth. Just be sure to choose leaves and stems from the top of the plant, rather than the sides, and never cut more than a third of the plant at a time.

Create your indoor herb garden for your restaurant or cafe today with PurePots stunning fiberglass planters. Request a custom planter quote here.

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