How to Grow Cumin Indoors

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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.

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Things you need

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • Cumin typically takes 5 to 7 days to sprout.
  • Be careful not to disturb seeds by overwatering during the first week of planting.

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