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How to Grow Fenugreek | Growing Fenugreek In Pots & Care

Learn How to Grow Fenugreek in your garden or containers on your balcony! Growing Fenugreek is easy and rewarding all year round!

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Fenugreek or ‘Methi,’ as it is popular in the Indian subcontinent, is native to Southwest Asia and widely cultivated for its medicinal and culinary uses. It’s an all-purpose plant: Seeds are used as a spice, dried leaves as a herb, and fresh and tender leaves as a green leafy vegetable. Let’s have a look at How to Grow Fenugreek easily in home and garden!

USDA ZONES: All the zones as a seasonal crop

Difficulty: Easy

Growing Season: Spring, summer, and fall (year-round in warm climates, i.e., USDA Zone 9-11)

Botanical Name: Trigonella foenum-graecum

Other Names: Samudra methi, Shanbalile, Abesh, Hilbeh, Hilba, Helba, Halba, Kasturi methi

Here are the best tips on growing herbs in pots


How to Grow Fenugreek?

Fenugreek is as nutritious as spinach and one of the tastiest green vegetables, not to mention the fact that it’s the fastest-growing vegetable along with some others listed here! Growing fenugreek is really easy from seeds:

  • When growing the seeds in the garden, plant them 8-14 inches apart.
  • Plant the seeds in the spring, summer, fall, and even winters, either indoors or outdoors, if you live in a frost-free region.
  • Being one of the quickest vegetables, you’ll be able to harvest it in a month.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in a rich potting mix.
  • Water well and ensure that it gets at least 4 hours of direct sun. The more, the better!
  • The seeds will sprout in 3-8 days (as they germinate fast), and the plant will be ready to harvest in 4-5 weeks.

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


Growing Fenugreek in Containers

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  • Take a shallow but wide planter at least 6-8 inches deep with good drainage. Fenugreek has shallow roots so that it won’t mind the low depth.
  • Fill the pot with a rich potting mix. You can mix a 1/3 part compost or well-rotted cow or horse manure to the soil.
  • Sprinkle seeds all over the pot and dust a thin quarter-inch layer of soil briskly to cover them.

Growing Climate and Temperature

  • Fenugreek grows well in a wide variety of climatic zones but is best in warm and hot regions when the temperature ranges from 50 to 95 F (10 C to 35 C).
  • When planting it for seeds, grow it in spring or early summer. 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 USDA zone 9-11 or any warm place with frost-free winters outside the U.S., you can grow them year-round.
  • Similarly, you can grow this vegetable indoors year-round on a bright windowsill.

Requirements for Growing Fenugreek

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Location

Fenugreek prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil with a pH level around 6.5 to 8.2. Plant it in a spot that receives partial 4-5 hours of direct sun, if the sun is mild in your area, you can also grow this in full sun, and it won’t mind. In a hot climate, shade in the afternoon helps the plant.

Watering

Do regular watering to keep the soil slightly moist all the time. If you’re growing fenugreek indoors or in a shady area, be vigilant about watering.
Indoors or in low light, it is important not to over-water the fenugreek plant and avoid waterlogged soil. This will impede the growth and kill your plant.

Fertilizer

Fenugreek does not require heavy feeding. To boost the growth, feed the plant with a half-strength balanced liquid fertilizer every other week or check the label on the fertilizer packet for dosage and instructions.

Pests and Diseases

Usually, this vegetable remains pest-free, but some of the common pests and diseases that affect 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

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In favorable conditions, fenugreek will be ready for the first harvest in 20-30 days. Trim the leaves gently to use as a leafy vegetable and prepare delicious recipes, or air dry it to use as a herb.

Leave the twigs or bottom growth, which will grow back again in 14-20 days. You can do this up to four times. To harvest fenugreek seeds, you will have to wait for 2-4 months, depending more on the growing conditions.


Fenugreek Uses

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Its sour and sweet flavor gives it a distinctive taste, which you can’t compare with another vegetable! But some people say it tastes like spinach with a hint of sweetness.

It is popularly used in Indian, Persian, Egyptian, and Ethiopian cuisines, to prepare the tastiest recipes. Fresh seeds are used to sprinkle on salad and dried seeds in pickles.


Fenugreek as Microgreens

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You can also grow fenugreek as microgreens, and this way, it will taste much sweeter, slightly tangy, and spicy with that signature earthy flavor. Growing Fenugreek Microgreens is also easy.

  • Take a shallow container, fill it with a seed starting mix and sprinkle fenugreek seeds densely all over. Do remember to soak the seeds overnight as it will help them to sprout quickly.
  • Water well and keep it at a spot that gets bright daylight.
  • When the seedlings are 3-4 inches tall having 3-4 true leaves, you can start harvesting them. Use a pair of scissors to make a clean cut.
  • You can use them in curries, fresh greens, and salads.

Can You Grow Fenugreek Indoors?

Being one of the fastest-growing greens, it also grows well in indirect light. If you live in an apartment where you have a bright window that gets 1-2 hours of sunlight a day, you can easily grow it in pots to enjoy a fresh harvest!

22 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

  6. Fenugreek is an very good aphrodisiac , for mens , and womans .
    After you leave a plant inside of a whiskey bottle for 3-4 months , have you and your partner 2-3 shots per day before meals .
    The results are INCREDIBLE .
    You will feel like teenagers , again .
    Enjoy !!

  7. Hi!

    Thanks for all the information.
    I grew fenugreek in a small container and harvested it a couple of times. But the leaves started becoming yellow and got heavily infested by tiny green/translucent bugs which eventually destroyed the whole plant. I think these were aphids.

    How do I keep these bugs away if I plant fenugreek again?
    I read companion planting with coriander might help..
    looking for more information on this. Please help. I don’t want them to die again if I grow it.

    Thanks!

    • Im not a pro..im a beginner looking to learn but ive heard things about beem oil and its affordable on ebay in a quanity ..i wonder if that would repel sufficient

  8. I find it is difficult sprouting fenugreek seeds in hot climate. So, can NOT be grow in hot climate and 32 degC (not 32 C but 32 deg C) is not really hot

  9. I came across fenugreek seed after a recommendation by professor David Ssali of Dama at Kampala Uganda.I read extensively about this plant and been excited for it’s multipurpose.
    Now I wish to plant at least for commercial but before that where can I get a market of at least 1000kg?

    Luobega
    At Bundibugyo
    Uganda

  10. Fenugreek requires at least 4-5 hours of direct sun a day, and can tolerate afternoon shade. While it may be planted in partial shade in warm climates, in colder locations, it is best to grow it in a sunny spot.

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