Mason Jar Gardening: A Guide For Indoor Planting

Growing herbs in mason jar

Mason Jar Gardening is the perfect way to start gardening if you are new to it. 

By starting small with plants that can thrive in an indoor environment, you can learn gardening basics while also enjoying the benefits of fresh herbs and produce. 

In this guide, you will find tips on getting started, what plants to choose, and how to care for your Mason Jar Garden.

What is Mason Jar Gardening?

When fresh herbs are a part of your kitchen routine, growing them inside is a simple choice.

In previous years, finding enough small containers to transplant the various herbs growing on the back porch has always been a bit of a challenge.

That wasn’t an issue this year because we’ve embraced the simplicity, style, and convenience of mason jar gardening.

Mason jar gardening is a method of growing plants in a container typically between three and six inches deep. 

It is ideal for people who live in apartments, don’t have enough space for traditional gardening, or have limited access to sunlight.

Mason jar gardens are usually made up of two parts: the pot and the lid. 

The pot is where your plants will grow, and the lid will keep your soil moist while also acting as a barrier to keep pests out of your garden.

Benefits of Mason Jar Gardening

Mason Jar gardening is an easy way to grow your food, and it can also be low-cost. 

It’s also environmentally friendly as you are not using chemicals or pesticides when you plant your plants in mason jars.

Mason Jar Gardening can also be done anywhere, so you don’t have to worry about where you plant your plants or what kind of soil they need.

Mason jars are a sustainable, affordable way to start growing herbs. They’re also often sold with large enough openings for planting seedlings or transplanting. It can be done quickly & easily, with no muss or fuss.

Materials To Be Used in Mason Jar Gardening

Mason jar gardening is a gardening technique that involves using jars to store soil, plants, and water. Here are some of the materials that you need to get started:

  • Mason jars (Quart size).
  • Small rocks or gravel.
  • Potting mix.
  • Herb plants or seeds.
  • Jar labels.

Step Guide to Start Planting in Mason Jar

If you’re thinking of planting a garden on your property, you may be looking for a plan that will fit your needs. 

Planting in a mason jar is one of the best and most efficient ways to create a garden that fits your needs. 

You no longer have to worry about digging and adding soil. You’ll also save a lot of money, and this way, you’re able to start your garden uniquely. 

The below steps will show you how to start planting in a mason jar, bit by bit. Follow it properly and have fun gardening!

  • Fill the jars with small rocks or gravels.

Sometimes, plants may be damaged by excess water. To avoid this, you should fill the bottom of each jar with gravel or pebbles before filling it with soil. It will reduce the risk of water damage and keep your plants healthy!

  • Fill the jars with potting soil/potting mix.

Potting mix, unlike soil, is a planting medium made up of lighter organic materials such as peat, composts, and even perlite. Potting mix is suitable for container gardening since it retains moisture well. Fill jars 1-2 inches below the jar rim with potting mix.

  • Plants seeds or Transplant Herbs in the Jar.

Mason Jar Gardening is a method for growing herbs at home that works “outdoors” as you can transplant your herbs from the planter box or garden into the jar. 

The jar is then to sit on a shelf or become part of a kitchen wall decoration. It’s also cheap and straightforward to grow in this way!

Follow the directions on your seed packet to start your indoor plants, but don’t overwater them, or they’ll mold!

Gently break roots apart to facilitate growth when transplanting herbs to Mason Jars, then place in jar and pack mix carefully around the roots and base of the plant.

It may be required to remove a small amount of potting mix from the jar before placing plants with more established roots. Water plants as soon as they are re-planted and keep roots exposed to the air for as little time as possible.

  • Label the Jars after Planting.

When your Mason Jar Garden is visible, it might also have some spare label space. An excellent label will help make this container more appealing. You can quickly identify your herb garden’s herbs with a craft stick, identification card, or tag on the jar.

  • Keep your plants healthy.

Mason jars are inexpensive, lightweight pieces of garden furniture that can be placed in a location that receives sunlight. They can be easily moved as your needs & space change!

Make sure your herbs are adequately maintained and fresh! When needed, harvest plant material to add flavor to meals.

Best Plants to Grow in Mason Jar

If you’re looking for an easy and fun way to garden, growing plants in Mason jars may be the answer. 

While just about any plant can be grown in a Mason jar, some work better than others, here are some of the best plants to grow in Mason jars:


Basil grown in containers should be planted in nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. It is critical to use the correct soil type while growing basil indoors

Basil is sensitive to water stress, so ensure your containers have plenty of drainages. While the soil should be kept moist, it should never become soggy, as this will cause the roots to rot.


Growing parsley in a container is similar to growing any other potted herb.

Select a container that will fit comfortably on the window sill. It should have multiple drainage holes and a saucer beneath it to gather water as it drains. 

And because you are using a Mason jar as your planting container, follow the steps given above to achieve proper plant growth.

Fill the container with excellent potting soil and a handful of clean sand to promote drainage.


It’s advisable not to transplant cilantro plants from your garden while planting them indoors. Cilantro is a complex plant to transplant. 

Start with seeds or starter plants for growing cilantro indoors. Your plants should be spaced 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) apart.


Indoor chives may benefit from humidity from surrounding pebble trays filled with water or other water features. Low humidity can also be avoided by misting with a water bottle.


Thyme tolerates indirect light, making it ideal for the kitchen herb garden.

The best benefits are achieved when thyme is planted where it gets six hours of sunlight.

If feasible, place the container in a southern or western-facing window once the thyme has been planted.


Growing rosemary indoors might be difficult at the time. When you bring your rosemary indoors, make sure it’s in the brightest window in the home, which is usually a south-facing window.

If your rosemary plant does not receive at least six to eight hours of light per day, supplement the sunlight by placing a lamp with a fluorescent light bulb as close to the plant as possible.


Mason Jar Gardening is a great way to get into indoor planting. It is simple, affordable, and easy to do. 

All you need are some Mason jars, soil, plants, and water. You can grow various plants in your Mason jars, especially those mentioned in this blog.

Be sure to experiment and find what works best for you. Get started today and enjoy the benefits of indoor gardening!

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