The idea of decorating the kitchen window sill with culinary herbs is not new and, admittedly, very practical: fresh spices are always at hand, no need to puzzle over how to store them in cut form in the fridge. But what about giving the herbs a more attractive shape? If you take an appreciative look at your mini garden, you’ll probably know what I mean. All plants need to have “their own territory” for normal development – if the crops grow crowded, natural selection will kick in pretty quickly. The trouble is that neither sparsely planted, nor struggling for life sprouts look beautiful.
Rosemary and other herbs whose stems can become woody – basil, mint, lemon balm – can easily survive pruning and branch readily. Why not grow a single, but lush and gracefully shaped tree (topiary) of them?
How to shape a topiary
Start with a sprout
Grocery stores offer a large selection of fresh herbs – just buy and root cuttings in a mixture of peat and perlite.
Pot it up.
When the sprout for the topiary forms a few roots, you can transplant it into the ground. A pot with a diameter of 9 centimeters will be enough. As it develops, lightly pinch off the side shoots so that the plant gains height faster.
Create a support
You need it so that the rosemary tree or another spice tree of your choice forms an even trunk. Make sure the plant has enough light and water, and periodically rotate it around its axis so that it develops evenly.
When the tree reaches 30 cm, cut off the tip – so you can fix the height at a certain point. Now it’s time to form the crown of the topiary: Cut off the side branches by two-thirds of the length. Do not worry about the loss of green mass – soon the spice tree will become more lush and beautiful.
Maintain the result
Remember to loosen the fastener to the support as the stem thickens and rotate the plant. In summer, apply water-soluble fertilizer once a month and prune each new branch to encourage branching. And at the annual spring transplant, prune the roots and add fresh soil to the space vacated in the pot to keep the root system compact.
Agree, it is not difficult, but the result – instead of sticking out in different directions crops, your kitchen window sill will be decorated with neat trees of rosemary and other aromatic herbs. For added appeal, you can tie ribbons to the trunks of topiaries in the tone of the kitchen design.