I think that we can all agree that there is nothing better than using fresh herbs from your own indoor garden when preparing a meal, right?
But, all these herbs take so long to grow! Who can wait that much?!
Well, I have good news for you – there are some super-fast growing herbs that you can grow in your own kitchen or indoor garden.
5 Fast Growing Herbs
Now, I know that everyone who is just starting an indoor garden wants to see immediate results, the very day after planting the seeds, but the harsh truth is – you will have to grow some patience with those plants as well, my friends!
But, truth be told, there are some amazing fast growing herbs that will provide you with a lush indoor garden almost overnight.
Even better news:
Most will overwinter and continue to grow rich and strong the next spring as well.
So, if you are up for some delicious adventure, here is a list of my favorite fast growing herbs:
Mint is not only one of my favorite herbs for its amazingly fresh taste, but it is also among the fastest growing herbs.
So, if you enjoy a cup of nice fresh tea in the morning as I do, or if you just want to have immediate results and see how well off your little indoor garden is – you should most definitely plant mint!
How fast does mint grow?
As there are so many types of mint (spearmint, peppermint, water mint, lemon mint, etc.), it is a bit hard to tell precisely how fast it grows.
But, peppermint can fill a 4-inch pot in less than four weeks.
Just give a look at it!
And in 4 more weeks, you will certainly have to put it in a larger pot. And in about 6 months – you will have a fully grown 2 feet tall plant.
That’s a toddler right there!
Besides, they are growing wide too, so the area of growth will be bigger too.
You wouldn’t possibly be able to use all of it, so here are some superb herb drying racks for you.
And if that is not fast enough for you, go with spearmint. It is even faster!
And here are some nice plants that you can take good care of.
Tips on growing mint:
- So, my friends, be sure NOT to plant mint in the same container with other herbs. It will take over. It grows that fast! (For more on what herbs can be planted together, check out my sweet guide.)
- Give your mint enough morning sun.
- Harvest mint before it flowers.
- Don’t plant it in soil that is too moist, it doesn’t like it.
Cilantro is often grown for its magnificent fragrant leaves.
This one prefers spring and fall temperatures to the hot summers, and it will grow during the winter.
If you, however, live in a very hot area, here is a list of herbs you can grow.
Besides, you can harvest the leaves in just a few weeks from planting, so don’t miss on this one if you want some fast growing herbs for your home cuisine.
How fast does cilantro grow?
If you are growing cilantro from seeds, you can start harvesting it as soon as 3 weeks from planting.
How great is that?
And for the cilantro seeds (or coriander when dried), you can start harvesting these in only 45 days.
Tips on growing cilantro:
- Cilantro bolts quickly in hot weather, so keep it in the light shades.
- Saw cilantro every 2 to 3 weeks.
- The soil should be well-drained but moist.
- Cut the flowers, it will make it grow bigger.
Should you plant cilantro from seed or plant?
It is always a better option to go with seeds. There are two main reasons for this:
- It develops a taproot and hates being transplanted
- It grows very fast and doesn’t need a plant to start with
Get some sweet seeds here.
Can you smell that fresh homemade pizza with home grown oregano on top?
My, oh my, is it good.
And if you haven’t started growing oregano yet – no worries, my friends! It will grow faster than you know it and you will be able to try out that new recipe and surprise your family.
How fast does oregano grow?
Once you put oregano seeds in the soil, it will take only 5 to 10 days to sprout.
And from then on, it will be only 2-3 weeks before your new favorite fast growing herb is ready to be harvested.
For all of you who can’t wait that much, here is a nice, half grown plant that you can just continue to look after.
Tips on growing oregano:
- Plant it in well-drained and light soil.
- Do not add any fertilizers in the soil – oregano grows better without it.
- Give it enough light – the flavor is so much better!
- Water oregano only when the soil is dry to the touch.
Dill is another gorgeous fast growing herb that you can easily grow in your indoor garden.
And I don’t mean gorgeous for its cute feathery looks, but for the mild fresh taste that it gives to your dishes.
I must say, I am just obsessed with dill. There is not a single dish in which I will not put this herb.
And, luckily, it grows fast enough to feed our whole family!
How fast does dill grow?
Once you plant the seeds, it will take only about 10 days before you can see the little sprouts.
Within another 10 to 14 days, you will be able to harvest and use it.
Tips on growing dill:
- If you keep your dill on a window seal, make sure to protect it from strong winds.
- Use special soil mix for herbs and not garden soil.
- Mix some compost into the soil before planting.
Should you plant dill from seed or plant?
Dill doesn’t grow that well when it is transplanted, so it is always best to start from seeds.
And here is a nice pack of dill seeds for you to start growing it.
Another super fast growing herb is basil.
What you should know about basil is that it has seed leaves and true leaves.
These seed leaves appear when the plant starts emerging from the soil, and those true leaves are the one that you should use.
The seed leaves grow right from what is inside of a seed, but once basil has developed some nice roots, the second set of leaves or the first set of true leaves will be there to make you happy!
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How fast does basil grow?
Basil needs only 8 days to start emerging from the soil you have planted it into.
Just look at the speed of this sweet basil!
The first leaves should appear after two weeks tops, and this means that your basil is ready to be harvested, used and even dried for later use.
Besides, the plant should be about 6 inches tall!
Check out our awesome guide on how to harvest and dry herbs the right way.
That is how much of it you will have once it starts growing at the speed of light!
And here is a nice starter kit that you can go with and that will help you grow tons of basil.
Tips on growing basil:
- Well-drained soil is the one that you should go with.
- Give your basil a lot of sunlight and a lot of warm love.
- Don’t forget to fertilize the soil once a month.
- Prune the plant!
1. Which herbs grow best indoors?
There are so many herbs that are amazing for your indoor garden. Actually, almost all herbs can grow indoors fantastically well.
To name a few: mint, chives, parsley, thyme, lemon grass, oregano, cilantro, coriander, etc.
2. What plants grow fastest from seed?
There are some great fast growing plants that sprout in only 5 days.
Besides the herbs that we mentioned today, there are: cornflower, bachelor button, sweet alyssum, marigold, cosmos sprout, and more.
3. What herbs can grow without sunlight?
If you don’t have a lot of sunlight in your apartment, there are some amazing plants that do not require a lot of light that you can grow in your indoor garden easily.
They are: catnip, lemongrass, mint, parsley, chives, chervil, lemon balm, garden cress, and more.
As I said, with most of the plants that you start to grow, you will need to grow patience too.
But with these herbs, you will be able to use them before you even know it. So, plant away, and you will have them ready in just a few weeks.
As a matter of fact, you will have that much, that you can dry and leave them for later use!
Plant away, my friends!
Are there any other fast growing herbs that you have tried out? Share your experience with us in the comments below!