How to Grow Fenugreek | Complete Growing Guide

Learn how to grow fenugreek step by step. Growing fenugreek is easy if you’ll follow the tips given in this article.
how to grow fenugreek

Fenugreek or ‘Methi’ is native to Southwest Asia and widely cultivated for its medicinal and culinary uses. It is an all purpose plant. Seeds are used as spice, dried leaves as herb and fresh small leaves as vegetable. It tastes like spinach or even better.

USDA ZONES: 8b – 11, can be grown below Zone 8 in summer.

Difficulty: Easy

Growing Season: Spring and summer (year round in tropics)

Other Names: Trigonella foenum-graecum (botanical name), methi, samudra methi, shanbalile, abesh, hilbeh, hilba, helba, halba

Growing fenugreek is easy, whether you live in a sub tropical or tropical part of the world or in temperate or colder part. It can be grown both on grounds or in containers. You can also grow it on windowsills in small pots, on a balcony or terrace.

How to Grow Fenugreek

Create Fenugreek bed with cilantro or grow it alone. You can cultivate it from seeds. It’s easy even for beginners.
Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in a good potting mix or soil. Remember, fenugreek hates to be transplanted. Leave 2 inches of space for each plant while sowing seeds. They’ll sprout quickly and you’ll see seedlings just within 2 – 4 days.

*Buy best quality seeds from garden center or online. You can also buy it from grocery stores or spice shops as its seeds are sold as spice but beware of poor germination rate.

*You can directly sow seeds but if you’ve bought them from grocery stores, soak them overnight to increase germination rate before sowing.

Growing Fenugreek in Containerfenugreek in pot

You can grow fenugreek in containers. It’s similar to cilantro or parsley. Take a shallow wide planter at least 6 inches deep (fenugreek has shallow roots) with good drainage. Fill it with good potting mix. You can use compost, sand and soil too. Sprinkle seeds all over it and add a thin quarter inch layer of soil over them.

Growing Climate

Fenugreek grows well in warm and hot climate, when temperature ranges from 50 to 90 F (10 C to 32 C). If you’re planting it for seeds, grow it in spring. If you’re cultivating it to use as a vegetable or herb then you can plant it anytime between spring to mid fall.
If you live in zone 9 – 11, you can grow fenugreek year round.

Requirements for Growing Fenugreek and Care

Fenugreek prefers neutral soil with pH level around 6 – 7. Plant it in a spot that receives at least 4 hours of sun with shade in afternoon. Do regular watering, let the soil dry out between watering sessions and care not to over-water the plant to save it from root rot. Fenugreek does not require fertilizer however, you can mix manure or compost in soil while planting.

Pests and Diseases

Fenugreek does not have many pests and diseases. Some pests that attacks it are aphids, powdery mildew, charcoal rot and root rot. You can easily save your plant from these problems by using organic pesticides regularly and watering properly.

Harvesting Fenugreek

Within 20 days fenugreek will be ready for first harvest, chop up its leaves to use as green leafy vegetable and prepare delicious recipes or air dry it to use as herb. Leave the twigs, which will grow up again within 15 days, you can do this up to four times. To harvest fenugreek seeds you’ve to wait for 2-4 months, depending on the growing conditions.

Uses

It’s sweet and hot aroma like pepper and crunchy sour taste somewhat like spinach ,creates a magic. It is popularly used in Indian, Persian, Egyptian and Ethiopian cuisines, to prepare tastiest recipes. Fresh seeds used to sprinkle on salad and dried seeds in pickles.



9 COMMENTS

  1. Lovely post! My sister just started a small garden and she wants to grow some herbs in it. I’m sure your post will be of a great help for her, so I’m definitely recommending it . Thanks for the nice information and happy gardening!

  2. Hi . I had sowed the fenugreek seeds in a pot indoors and two days later I can see them sprouting but the root has tiny white hair on it . Is it mold ? Is it okay ? I am scared and want to fix this right away

  3. Hello, thank you for this informative article. I have planted fenugreek couple of times but the leaves are always tiny. Is there any particular kind of seeds that would give larger leaves? How much direct sunlight should be provided for fenugreek?

  4. I just soaked seeds of fenugreek in hot water and it’s been more than 4 hours, the water has cooled down. Now I notice the seeds entering the phase of germination, taking the shape of cotyledons. Should I wait for some more hours to sow the seeds or should I just drain the water out, as I read that the seeds are prone to rot due to water. I had planned to soak the seeds overnight before I could sow them but now I feel anxious.

  5. I tried growing Fenugreek from seeds. They germinated well but they were growing as long thin stems that were not able to stand on their own. I did the mistake of transpanting them into another pot. Will need to wait and watch on how it grows. For the future, how fo you deal with thin swindly stems?? They seem to be kissing the soil all the time

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