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Ellie
What could I grow in a pot which is only 500mL? Would mint or lavender work? Or would they need more space?

I'm moving into a university room in about a month and I'm hoping to have a bit of nature in the room, though I don't have much space. I have a few containers about 500 mL in size which I'm hoping I could grow things in. They're mostly glass containers with no holes to drain water. Also, the plants will be inside so mostly at room temperature with sun about half the day when it's coming through the window.
I'd like to plant a herb like mint, or a flower like lavender, though I'm not sure if they'd need bigger spaces to grow in. I'm also not sure about how much they'd need watering in such a small space. I've only grown cacti in containers this big so far.

Submitted: 10:34PM, 03 Jan 2016
Answer: Hi there Ellie,

There are a few varieties you can try. I think this may be a case of trial and error for many species, but if you can maximise light (avoiding baking conditions in the midday and afternoon sun) and airflow (but avoid air-conditioning), you should be on track to success.

You may have success with some compact varieties of mint or lavender. I suggest you also give the following herbs a go, some of which will occasionally give you some flowers as well:
- Thyme
- Basil ‘Minette’
- Coriander ‘Chinese Parsley’
- Parsley ‘Curled’
- Oregano

As a rule, try to stick to plant varieties that will be as compact as possible, to ensure you get the most out of your smaller containers. Also think about how you might create some drainage holes in the containers as this will help the soil drain and breathe better. Glass containers with no holes may only be useful for creating terrariums, which are a whole different kettle-of-plants! We have information on our website listing ideal plant species for creating a successful terrarium.

Water required will vary with the conditions in your particular situation, and the maturity of the plant. Again, proper drainage will help by giving you more margin for error – you will see if you are supplying them with more water than the soil can hold. Your most controllable source of nutrient will be Yates Thrive Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food, added regularly with your watering supply (find more detailed instructions on the label).

All the very best with your indoor gardening adventures!

Kind regards,

Matt
Yates Consumer Advice Horticulturalist

Answered: 03:17PM, 05 Jan 2016

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