The Fastest Growing Indoor Herb Plants to Start Today

Updated: Feb. 22, 2024

You can add fresh herbs to your cooking all the time with an indoor herb garden. If you're looking to get started quickly, check out this list of the fastest-growing herbs.

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Time to mature: 40 days

Dill is one of the quickest growing herbs. Sprout to harvest, you’re looking at about 40 days. And while dill isn’t as popular as other herb varieties, it’s surprisingly versatile. Yes, use it when making homemade pickles, but sprinkle some in salads, over roasted potatoes or add it to your Sunday chicken dinner. There are lots of ways to use fresh dill in the kitchen.

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Time to mature: 50-60 days

Cilantro fans, rejoice! You can have your own supply ready for guacamole in two months or less. Keep this herb in a sunny spot for maximum yield. Use your harvest with these fresh cilantro recipes and learn how to grow cilantro indoors.

If you’re looking for a cute home for your dill and other herbs, check out these indoor herb gardens and planters.

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Flowerpot with basil (Ocimum basilicum) on grey wooden table, studio shot Basilikum, Studio
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Time to mature: 50-60 days

Basil is one of our favorite fresh herbs. It works well in so many dishes from Italian cuisine to Asian fare. There are lots of varieties of basil out there, but most mature within two months. Like cilantro, basil likes the sun, so make sure you give it the light it needs for the best results. Did you know you can grow basil indoors?

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Terracotta pot with fresh cut chives on a cutting board
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Time to mature: 60-90 days

Chives are a bit slower to start, but this herb is one you’ll want on hand in the kitchen. Chives keep growing and growing (if you plant them outside, you might see them pop up year after year as a perennial!). Chives are great sprinkled into eggs in the morning, over a baked potato or mixed into a bread dough. There are lots of ways to work with this mild, onion-flavored herb.

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Time to mature: 60 days

Don’t overlook parsley as just a garnish. This herb adds freshness to many recipes—like this homemade pesto and this tabbouleh salad. Fresh parsley prefers a healthy dose of sun, but you can get away with a spot on the sill that gets only partial sun. We’ve curated a list of vegetables to grow in your indoor vegetable garden.

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Tarragon fresh herbs and basket
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Time to mature 60-90 days

Tarragon has a slight licorice flavor that works surprisingly well with lemon and many green veggies. If you’re not a fan of anise flavors, don’t count tarragon out! It’s very mild and it’s quick to grow. Keep this one in the sun and you’ll have a bushy plant in about two months.

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Two terracotta pots with fresh homegrown organic herbs in a window sill in the early spring. One is rosemary and the other one is with oregano.
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Time to mature 60-90 days

While many other herbs play well with veggies and even fruits, marjoram is an herb that works particularly well with meats, especially pork and lamb. It plays a role seasoning this top-rated spaghetti sauce and works well when roasting meats.