Growing herbs indoors in Travis County, Texas can be a great way to enjoy fresh herbs all year round. But what type of container should you use for the best results? Terracotta pots are a great choice for container gardening, as they absorb extra water, which can prevent overwatering (the number one way to kill indoor plants). Make sure that the pot or container you choose has good drainage holes at the bottom. Common materials used for growing containers include ceramic, terracotta, plastic, different metals, and resin.
While aesthetics are important, every herb pot material has advantages and disadvantages that must be considered depending on the space and type of plant. Choose herbs that don't grow very wide or tall, as they will grow better in pots. Chives, basil, lavender, parsley, mint, rosemary, and thyme are good options. You can buy nursery plants or seed packs.
Starting with seeds is relatively inexpensive but requires more attention and it will be several months before you can start using the herbs. Plastic containers are better for herbs that like moist soil; terracotta is better for herbs that prefer drier soil. Choosing the best pot for your favorite herbs will help ensure the success of your potted herb garden. Many herbs will thrive in bright indirect sunlight, and some will even grow well in less than eight hours of light.
If you find a container suitable for growing herbs that doesn't have a drain, you can use a drill bit to create drainage holes in the bottom. The characteristics of the herbs you are growing are very helpful in determining the best container for your plant, in terms of material and size. The ornamental value of herbs allows them to be used in flower beds, borders, rock gardens or corner plantations.