How to Grow Fenugreek | Growing Fenugreek In Pots & Care

Learn How to Grow Fenugreek in your garden or containers in your balcony. Growing fenugreek is easy. This quick growing vegetable is full of nutrients.
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Fenugreek or ‘Methi’ 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. It tastes little sweet with a touch of bitterness like mustard greens or bok choy. It can be a healthy alternative of spinach and any other greens.

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)

Other Names: Trigonella foenum-graecum (Scientific Name), Methi, Samudra methi, Shanbalile, Abesh, Hilbeh, Hilba, Helba, Halba, Kasturi methi

Growing fenugreek is easy, whether you live in a warm climate or cool, both on grounds or in containers. You can also grow it indoors on windowsills in small pots. You can also plant it in your balcony vegetable garden or patio, terrace, and rooftop with lettuce, spinach, and other greens.


How to Grow Fenugreek

Create a 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 in the desired spot or container when all the dangers of frost are passed, and the weather starts to warm up (for cool climate).

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 2-5 days.

Note: Buy 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.

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


Growing Fenugreek in Containers

Learn How to Grow Fenugreek in your garden or containers in your balcony. Growing fenugreek is easy. This quick growing vegetable is full of nutrients.

You can grow fenugreek in containers. It’s similar to any other green vegetable. Take a shallow but wide planter at least 6-8 inches deep with good drainage. Fenugreek has shallow roots so it won’t mind the low depth.

Fill the pot with rich potting mix. You can mix a 1/3 part compost or well-rotted cow or horse manure to it. Sprinkle seeds all over the pot and dust a thin quarter inch layer of soil briskly to cover them. Leave 1-2 inch of spacing between seeds. Don’t care about the spacing of seeds if you’re growing fenugreek as a microgreen.

Also Read: Best Microgreens You Should Grow

Growing Climate and Temperature

  • Fenugreek grows well in a warm and hot climate when the temperature ranges from 50 to 90 F (10 C to 32 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 zone 9-11 or any warm place with frost-free winters outside the U.S., grow fenugreek year round.

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Fenugreek Plant Care and Requirements

Location

Fenugreek prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil with pH level around 6.5-8.2. Plant it in a spot that receives at least 4-5 hours of direct sun with shade in the afternoon. Prefer a sunny spot if you’re growing it in a climate where is not intense and the weather is cold.

Watering

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

Fertilizer

Fenugreek does not require a lot of fertilizer. At the time of planting, you can mix manure or compost or time-based fertilizer in the soil, and that will keep it growing for a few weeks. Also, feed the plant with balanced liquid fertilizer, every other week for more robust growth.

Pests and Diseases

Fenugreek does not have many pests and diseases. Some 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

In favorable conditions, within 20-30 days fenugreek will be ready for the first harvest. 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, which will grow up again in 15 days. You can do this up to four times. To harvest fenugreek seeds, you will have to wait for 2-4 months, depending on the growing conditions.


Fenugreek Uses

It’s hot aroma like pepper and crunchy sour and sweet flavor gives it a distinctive taste, which you can’t compare with other vegetables. It is popularly used in Indian, Persian, Egyptian and Ethiopian cuisines, to prepare tastiest recipes. Fresh seeds are used to sprinkle on salad and dried seeds in pickles.



19 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!

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  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

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