12 Herbs You Can Grow in Water

Marjoram herb bush
Growing these herbs indoors is easy to do—no soil required.

How to Grow Herbs in Water

If you love cooking with fresh herbs, you'll be happy to know you can grow your own from a cutting. It's as easy as filling a glass of water and placing a cutting in the water to root. For best results, place the jar in a sunny spot like a kitchen windowsill.

Learn how to regrow your veggies in water.

Thyme

Thyme is typically sage's right-hand companion in poultry dishes. This herb will bloom beautiful, edible flowers. Your thyme cutting should start rooting about two weeks after being place in the water.

Use your fresh thyme in one of these delicious chicken skillet recipes.

Peppermint

Amp up your cocoa or tea with a snip of peppermint. Place cuttings of this decadent herb in a jar of water and put the jar in dappled sunlight. Change the water every other day.

Spice up your holiday cocktails.

Oregano

Add flair and flavor to your next Italian dish. Oregano works wonderfully in pasta sauces, soups, and more. Make sure to watch your oregano cutting as it grows in water; it can get pretty big pretty fast.

Learn how to freeze your herbs.

Basil

One of the most popular herbs in cooking, this Italian classic has a wonderful fragrance. Add basil to sauces, soups, and even drinks. Once your basil cutting's roots reach 2 inches or longer, the cutting can be planted in a pot of soil, indoors or outdoors.

See our favorite basil varieties!

Rosemary

Rosemary is a delicious herb that can also make a natural air freshener when you add a little lemon and vanilla. Propagate your rosemary in water by shedding the bottom leaves of the cutting before placing it in water. The leaves on your cutting should stay fleshy and green.

Learn how to grow rosemary.

Sage

Sage pairs wonderfully with thyme in chicken dishes; it's also that flavor you love in your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Sage is a perennial, so plant your cutting in the garden once it has rooted for an herb that will keep growing back.

Note: Use dried sage sparingly in cooking; too much can yield a musty flavor.

Learn more about bringing your herb garden indoors.

Stevia

You may have heard of stevia. It's used as a natural zero-calorie sugar substitute. Place your stevia cutting in a clear jar of water on a sunny windowsill and watch it closely, as it can get big. Add the leaves to your tea or coffee for a sweet treat.

Also try growing herbs from seed.

Cilantro

Cilantro is a classic flavor in Mexican cuisine. Place the cutting stems in a clear jar of water. The cuttings should establish roots, which you can plant in a pot of soil.

Note: Harvest the herb before it starts to flower. If you clip the plant after blooms appear, the spicy, pungent flavor we know and love will disappear.

See more on growing cilantro.

Lemon Balm

Herbal tea is even more special with a hint of lemon. Lemon balm can reduce stress, aid sleep, and relieve indigestion symptoms. When propogating your lemon balm cuttings in water, be sure to replace the water often because lemon balm is prone to mildew.

Learn how to make your own herbal tea.

Chives

A member of the onion family, this herb adds a more mild flavor to your food than by using garlic or onions. For best results, be sure the chives have plenty of water and sunlight. Snip the flavorful green tips once a week.

Pair chives with holiday dishes.

Lavender

Lavender is known for its calming fragrance and therapeutic qualities. This useful herb is found in a variety of perfumes, candles, and teas. Use lavender to ease your migraines and cramping, to boost your mood, or to help you sleep better at night.

Craft a wreath with lavender accents.

Marjoram

One of the best herbs to grow indoors, marjoram is used in bath soaps, lotions, and essential oils for its wonderfully relaxing fragrance. Marjoram takes a little longer to grow than others, so have patience.

Note: Marjoram hates the cold, so place it in a sunny spot.

Use marjoram in your leftovers.

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