Keep Kitchen Herbs Fresh – That’s How It Works

Keep kitchen herbs fresh: report immediately after purchase

In the supermarket or discounter, kitchen herbs usually look very fresh in pots.

  • At home, unfortunately, these herbs quickly wither away. The reason for this is that the herbs from the supermarket are way too tight.
  • For this reason, repotting should be your first post-purchase action.
  • Remove the herbs from the pot and divide the ball. As a rule, you can divide the plants into four individual, slightly larger pots.
  • You don’t need special soil. Normal potting soil will do. It is important that the new pots are big enough, and have a drainage hole and a saucer.
  • If you have bought several herbs in a pot, you can put different types together in one pot.
  • Parsley and chives, for example, get along very well. The same applies to the combination of basil and rosemary.

Kitchen herbs need care

By dividing and repotting, you are already giving the purchased kitchen herbs a great deal of pleasure.

  • In order for the herbs to thrive, they need the right location and a little care.
  • Parsley likes it bright, but not the blazing sun. A partially shaded location is ideal. Chives also feel very comfortable here.
  • Water both herbs cautiously and only when the soil surface has dried.
  • Parsley and rosemary, on the other hand, prefer lots of suns and a warm location. While rosemary only needs moderate water, basil is quite thirsty. The soil should always be moist, but waterlogging should be avoided.
  • Kitchen herbs want to be harvested regularly. This encourages their growth. Use a sharp knife or scissors for harvesting.
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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