Tips for my herbs?


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im from the ph and im new to plants!

i just bought tarragon, rosemary, thyme, and mint. lemon mint?
the tarragon has grown leggy and lanky, with some of the tips drying out. the rosemary is fine i guess. so is the thyme.
can anybody give me tips on watering these herbs?

i dont quite understand the stuff i read on the internet saying "water when dry but dont let it dry out completely" or "allow the soil to go almost dry"

any tips on caring for these? also on watering.

thank you!
 
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I've been enjoying herbs for years and here is what I've learned (sometimes from sad experience).
Watering--if your herbs are in pots, stick your finger into the soil up to the second joint, and if your finger is dry, water. If the herbs are planted in the garden, they will start to look a bit wilted and a thorough watering (the soil surface will look shiny after the water soaks in) will take care of the herbs for a few days. We are in hot, humid Texas, similar to what I imagine the Philippine climate is. I water early in the morning to help prevent fungus and mold growth.
Your tarragon needs a haircut. Herbs are made to be harvested. You can cut as much as a third off and your tarragon will get bushier.
Rosemary and thyme, along with tarragon are Mediterranean plants, so they enjoy heat, sunshine, and lean soil. By lean, I mean lay off the fertilizer!
Mint needs part shade, preferably afternoon shade, and doesn't like a lot of heat. Here mint grows on the north side of the house, but I have to replace it if we have an unusually hot summer.
You have a nice selection of herbs! If potted, make sure the pots are large enough (herb root mass gets big) and don't worry about moving them around until you find each one's happy place.
 
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm not sure what your weather is like, but here in North Carolina we have to be careful planting Mint in the garden. Certain types can become totally invasive. That's why most people grow it in pots.
 
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As far as watering... think of a sponge. It can be soaked heavy with water, it can be well wrung out and only very lightly moist, it can be dried out. You want to water when only very lighty moist. If left to dry, the herb can stress and soil my get hydrophobic i.e. it won't take water, the water does not soak in, it just runs off.
 
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Welcome to the forum.

I'm not sure what your weather is like, but here in North Carolina we have to be careful planting Mint in the garden. Certain types can become totally invasive. That's why most people grow it in pots.
Yes, mint is VERY INVASIVE. A herbal thug!
 
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