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Chive and thyme in the window-sill

Post  Zephyros on 10/6/2010, 7:25 am

Hi everyone. I started to grow some chive and thyme in the window-sill. Of course it is turning autumn/ winter over here and getting chilly. What I wanted to know is if I have to do something for my chive and thyme in the window-sill. Normally, if I would have grown it out-doors, the plants would be dying now and start to grow in spring again. But since I am growing it in-doors it is artificially warmer (round about 20 degrees). Also, I open the window sometimes to let some fresh air in. If it is -5 degrees outside and 20 degrees inside, it might come as a shock to the plant when I open the window, doesn't it?

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Post  Odd Duck on 10/12/2010, 9:16 am

I certainly would move the plants away from an open window if it's significantly colder outside than inside. Plants can adjust to fairly extreme temperature changes, but they need to do it gradually and would be shocked and harmed by an extremely cold draft.

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Post  Zephyros on 10/12/2010, 10:13 am

So it is better to move them further away from the window if I open it. There is nothing else I should do (or not)?

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Post  Old Hippie on 10/12/2010, 11:05 am

Mine do sort of okay, but the low amount of light that they get in winter doesn't make for a lot of growth. This year I am going to supplement the light with a grow light to see if that helps. You may find that they slow down considerably for a while. Just like people they do seem to need a bit of a rest, but they probably won't die back. After you have potted them up for indoors, let them rest for a couple of weeks, then move them to a sunny spot. Herbs love the sun. Once they show signs of new growth it is okay to fertilize lightly.

It is a good idea to spray them with soapy water when you bring them in just in case they have mites or some kind of pesty thing you wouldn't want in your house plants.

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