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How can I grow herbs with low light in my apartment?

Q: I live on the sixth floor of an apartment building. My apartment is a studio and I have two windows side by side with one having a window air conditioner in it. I want to grow fresh herbs but my sunlight during the day doesn't hit my side of the building or my studio apt. very well until around 2 pm and not for long. Is there anyway I can grow herbs in my apartment? I also want to have house plants but haven't bought any because I'm not sure what kind to buy. I don't want to waste money by going out and buying some and having them die because I bought the wrong kind. Does anyone have some ideas for me?
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sparkingbrowneys

A: sparkingbrowneys,

In the case of herbs, besides using grow lights, which most studio apartments don't have space for, your best bet may be to try herbs that are suitable for shade. Most herbs need full sun for best growth, but a few will grow in partial shade, although their vigor will be compromised. You could try angelica, sweet woodruff, sweet flag, goldenseal, sweet cicely, lungwort, lady's mantle, mint and bee balm all tolerate partial shade. Unfortunately, the culinary properties of these herbs are limited.

There are several houseplants that tolerate low light. Here are some ideas: Arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum), Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior), Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum), Corn plant (Dracaena frangrans 'Massangeana'), Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum), Grape ivy (Cissus rhombifolia), Heart-leaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens), Japanese aucuba (Aucuba japoncia), Japanese holly fern (Cyrtomium falcatum), Kangaroo vine (Cissus antarctica), Parlor pine (Chamaedorea elegans), Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii), Snake plant (Sanservieria trifasciata), Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), Table fern (Pteris cretica).

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April 28, 20040 found this helpful

Here is some good general information.

http://doityourself.com/herbs/growingherbsindoors.htm

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April 28, 20040 found this helpful

Here's another article with general information.

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_herbs/article/0,1785,HGTV_3595_1377315,00.html

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April 28, 20040 found this helpful

If you don't have much sunlight you probably will need a growlight to get a healthy crop of herbs.

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April 30, 20040 found this helpful

We posted this to the HappyGarden Discussion list.

Grow lamps were suggested by Gloriamarie. And Linne suggested this:

"I'd hang up a Shop Light,the bulbs are cheap & provide Plenty of light.Put

the plant stand under it.It might light up the whole room for very little

money."

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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

A shop light is a great idea.... Grow lights are also available in the form of an ordinary light bulb. I once found one at Walmart for under $5.00. Any sort of full spectrum light might work since they are designed to mimick daylight. I used florescent lights for over 15 years, and had very healthy plants.

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