Do you want to grow plants indoors in the cold weather? If so, you may want to consider some herbs that can flavor your food and add a pleasant scent to your home.
That’s what we’re talking about herbs rosemary and laurel.
Both plants feel good inside, sunny window in cold weather while warm and watering them.
Rosemary and laurel also come from the part of the Earth close to the Mediterranean. The area is cool but not icy in winter and gets a lot of sunlight.
Lee Reich, a horticultural expert at the Associated Press, said it was important for these plants to “stay happy and alive” in the cooler months.
So how do you do that?
In the case of rosemary, the water level is very important. The plant needs slightly moist soil all the time, but never soaked. Too much water kills the plant. You can plant rosemary in a container with about 25 percent sand, perlite, or vermiculite in the soil. Perlite and vermiculite help keep water in the soil.
Rosemary can give food a pleasant taste, but it can also make a room smell good. So if it grows inside, it is advisable to place the container near an air flow source, such as a frequently used door. Thus, the pleasant smell of rosemary floats in the air.
The laurel has dark green leaves and exudes a pleasant scent when picked. If it is added to food, Reich notes, it does soups and tomatoes sauces it tastes better. After picking, the leaves should be crushed to release the taste.
If you want to grow plants indoors to make your home look good, you can cut out unwanted plants branches from the plant as it grows and may look like a small tree. Doing so will not hurt the plant. Most of the plants that grow this way are slightly taller than 65 inches.
Rosemary and laurel can live for more than 10 years if cared for.
It is advisable to change the soil every two years and put the plant in a larger container.
You can take them outside when the weather warms up. Plants will love the change. And you can greet rosemary and laurel for many more winters in your home.
I’m Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell adapted this story to English learning based on the story of Lee Reich of the Associated Press.
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Words in this story
plant – n. a plant or part of a plant used as a medicine or to flavor food
soak – v. to moisten (someone or something) a lot with water or other liquids
soup – n. a dish made by cooking vegetables, meat or fish in a large amount of liquid
sauce – n. a thick liquid that is consumed with or without food to add flavor
to break – v. break into powder or very small pieces (something) by pressing, tapping or grinding
branch – n. part of a tree grown out of the trunk