Care of young indoor herb seedlings

FauxliviaApril 10, 2014

Hi everyone,

Newbie here. I've started an indoor herb garden (basil, lemon balm, mint, lavender, sage, and thyme). It's really exciting, but I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing!

All of the seeds have sprouted, but are still quite small. I'm having trouble finding information about how to care for young seedlings, specifically:

1. When to fertilize
2. When I can begin hardening them off
3. Anything I need to do other than keeping them watered/in the sun

Additionally, the lavender seems to be growing more slowly than the others even though they're all exposed to the same conditions. Is that normal, and is there any way I can promote faster growth in the lavender?

Finally, some of my herbs have developed thick stems already, but others have many leaves but still have very thin stems. Do I just need to wait longer, or am I neglecting to do something to promote wider stems?

Any help is much appreciated!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

You should begin taking them outside as soon as the weather allows. These all need the air movement and the more light available outside. Do not expect them all to grow at the same speed. Al

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 10:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

How warm does it need to be?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 10:24AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Repotting into 5-1-1 soil. Questions about 511 materials.
Hey all! I am a newbie with 5 container citrus. Right...
Al's Gritty Mix -- A Learning Experinece
I came to this forum a few weeks ago in an attempt...
gritty mix modification question
Sorry, I had a response to this question before but...
Soil for elephant ear plant?
I'm getting ready to plant an elephant ear plant in...
Growing Dahlia and Sweet Pea in same container? (advice)
I have a few very large planters, and while I do love...
Sponsored Products
Seedling by thomaspaul Hedge 24" Wide Pendant Chandelier
Lamps Plus
Live 'Dynamite' Goji Berry Plant - Set of Two
$34.99 | zulily
Seedling by thomaspaul Aviary 24" Wide Pendant Chandelier
Lamps Plus
Seedling by thomaspaul Damask Brushed NickelFloor Lamp
Lamps Plus
Seedling by thomaspaul Hedge Shade 13.5x13.5x10 (Spider)
$69.99 | Lamps Plus
Kozy Coat - Set of Two
$12.99 | zulily
Seedling by thomaspaul Blossom 20" 3-Light Pendant
Lamps Plus
Seedling by thomaspaul Stockholm Swing Arm Desk Lamp
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™