Do you know you can grow Methi at home?
In fact, it is one of the easiest herbs/vegetables to be grown in pots at home.
Methi or Fenugreek finds various uses in Indian homes be it Methi Paratha or its varied use in curries.
Having a fresh supply of Methi at home can never go wrong.
And today, I will share with you all the tips and tricks of growing methi at home.
How To Grow Methi At Home – Step By Step
Best Time to Grow Methi At Home
Methi is a sun loving plant so growing it anywhere between Mid Feb – April will fit perfect for it.
And the next ideal time will be August – October.
Anyways, it can be grown in every season except when there is chance of frost.
So, now you know the season to grow it.
Let’s get into the process then.
Getting Methi Seeds
The first step for growing Methi at home is to get its seeds.
It is commonly found in Indian kitchen so you can look for it in your kitchen.
Also, make sure that the seeds you have at home are not roasted because then they will not germinate and there is no point in trying to grow them.
If you don’t have them at home, the only option left is to buy it.
You can get it from local general store or buy it online.
Germination and Harvesting Time of Methi/Fenugreek
Methi is one of the fastest growing plant you can grow, it takes around 4-5 days to germinate and will be ready to harvest within 3 weeks or so.
During cold weather it can take a bit more than that but even then, you can expect to harvest it within 1 month.
Isn’t that great!!!
Now let’s get into the action once again.
Preparing Soil for Methi/Fenugreek
Methi plant loves to be in a moist environment but if the water stays for too long it can cause trouble.
For that purpose, you need to make the soil fast draining so even if you mistakenly overwater it, the water can drain out quickly without causing any trouble.
So, while preparing potting soil for it.
You can choose this combination:
- Gravel – 20% (help in making soil drain quickly)
- Garden Soil – 40%
- Coco Peat – 20% (Keep the soil moist)
- Fertilizer – 20% (Organic Compost, Cow Dung)
- Also, add a handful of Neem Cake as a pesticide.
Choosing A Pot for Growing Methi At Home
As, you must be aware that Methi roots doesn’t go that deep inside the soil.
You will not require a deep container for it, a wide container will suit the best as you can sow more seeds in it.
Make few drainage holes in the container and fill it with potting soil leaving 2-3 inches from the top.
Methi/Fenugreek Plant cannot handle transplantation very well. So, I will recommend you to choose a single pot for sowing and growing Methi.
How To Sow Seeds Of Methi/Fenugreek
For Better and Faster Results
Even though it only takes about 3-5 days for germination of Methi seeds,
If you wish to speed up the germination period you can soak the seeds overnight in water.
This also makes the outer covering of Methi seeds a bit softer and easier to germinate.
Now, coming back to sowing of seeds.
You can use free hands absolutely and not care about the spacing and where you are sprinkling the seeds.
Just sprinkle them over the potting soil, that’s it.
Once it is done, cover them with a very thin layer of potting soil.
Watering the Seeds
After covering them in potting soil, use a light sprayer and evenly moist the soil.
Don’t use a watering can that sprays water with force it might displace the seeds.
Selecting the Location of Container
As, I told you earlier that Methi is a sun loving plant.
So, the ideal location for the container will be a place that receives good amount of direct sunlight for 4-5 hours a day.
If not then, at least partial sunlight is what you should be providing it for a good amount of time.
Watching the Seeds Grow – Harvesting Time
If you follow all the above steps carefully, within 1 week you will be able to see some progress with the seeds.
In 3-4 weeks, you will be able to harvest them.
Use a sharp scissor and cut it a little above the ground.
How to Protect Methi/Fenugreek Plant from Insects?
Aphids are the most common insects that are attracted to Methi, and during their early stage it can be easily tackled by just watering over the leaves so that they get washed away and just keep looking for them every day behind the leaves.
But if the conditions have gone worse then you should consider spraying neem oil mixed with some drops of soap water over it.
or you can check this awesome guide to make organic pesticide at home. (1)
Make sure that you spray this insecticide once the sun has set otherwise it will cause the leaves to burn if it is exposed to sunlight.
I hope this step by step guide of growing Methi at home will help you grow yours at home.
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