How to Grow Cumin Indoors

Updated April 17, 2017

Cumin is a spice that complements Mexican and South American cuisine. Even though cumin is typically grown outdoors, it can easily be grown under a sunny window in an apartment or a house. It grows quickly and is extremely easy to harvest. By planting cumin seeds properly and regularly watering your plant, you can enjoy fresh cumin any time of year.

Find a shallow container or gardening pot with at least one hole at the bottom for drainage. If you don't have a gardening container, any container that is at least 3 inches deep and has drainage holes will work. Rinse the container in tap water to remove any dirt or debris and wipe it with a dry cloth.

Purchase potting soil from a landscape nursery or a plant store. There is no need to buy special nutrient-rich soil, but some landscape nurseries carry soil that is designed for indoor gardening, which will work especially well for growing cumin indoors.

Pile potting soil loosely in the container, leaving the top 2 inches empty. Sprinkle cumin seeds on top of soil, approximately 2 inches apart. Cover the seeds with soil. Lightly water with unfiltered tap water.

Find a sunny location in your home to grow the cumin. A window shelf or a bookcase next to a window are ideal places to grow cumin indoors. Since cumin is normally grown in extremely sunny environments, it's important to find a place in your home with mid to full sun.

Water the cumin lightly every other day or whenever you see that the soil is getting dry. Be careful not to overwater the cumin or disturb tiny seedlings.

Harvest your cumin when it grows to 6 inches or higher. The maximum height that your cumin will grow is 6 to 9 inches. Use a scissors to gently snip off the ends. Gently remove any brown pieces with scissors. Never harvest more than a quarter of your plant at a time.

Sprinkle fresh cumin on your food or dry in a food dehydrator. If you choose to dehydrate and store your herbs, use an air tight container for storage.


Cumin typically takes 5 to 7 days to sprout.


Be careful not to disturb seeds by overwatering during the first week of planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Small container with drainage hole
  • Gardening soil
  • Unfiltered tap water
  • Sunny area
  • Scissors
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