12 Herbs You Can Grow in Water
Growing these herbs indoors is easy to do—no soil required.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.