How to Grow Herbs in Teacups and Coffee Mugs

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Here’s How to Grow Herbs in Teacups and Coffee Mugs to use as cute centerpieces on the table while enjoying a fresh harvest in a small space!


The best thing about herbs is that you can grow them in small spaces, which makes them perfect for someone living in a mini studio apartment or condo where they can be grown on a sunny windowsill. Moreover, you can also plant them in your kitchen crockery! Surprised? Here are all the details on How to Grow Herbs in Teacups and Coffee Mugs!

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Making a Hole in Teacups and Coffee Mugs


Before you plant herbs in tea or coffee cups, make a hole in the bottom to ensure excess water drains easily. You need a drilling machine with a 1/8 to 3/32 inch bit. Use a drop of lubricating oil and apply a little pressure to save the cup from cracking. To learn how to do it, watch this video here.

How to Grow Herbs in Teacups and Coffee Mugs?


Growing Herbs in Tea and Coffee Cups is as easy as it sounds! Let’s have a look at the process in detail:

  • Take any coffee or teacup from your kitchen. Avoid using tiny cups. You can also buy custom ones from the market that are slightly bigger for an added visual appeal.
  • Fill the cup with a good quality potting mix and plant the seeds. Water well, and put the cup at a place where it gets bright, indirect light. You can also keep them in a greenhouse. The seeds will germinate in 1-2 weeks.


You can also grow herb transplants in tea and coffee cups. Get them from a garden center or nearby nursery and transplant them into the cups. You can start herb cuttings in the cups too.

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Growing Herbs in Cups without a Drainage Hole

You can also grow herbs in cups without making any holes in them.

  • While growing herbs in cups without drainage holes, water them scarcely. Check the topsoil with your fingers and water when it feels dry to the touch.
  • Avoid using garden soil and use a soilless potting mix.

To help you out, we have a detailed article on how to grow plants in cups without a drainage hole here

Important Points to Consider

  • Once the seeds sprout, and the seedlings grow 2-3 inches tall, start putting the cup in as much sunlight as possible for the best growth.
  • If you want to use the herbs in your meals, it will be good to grow them in multiple cups.
  • Do not just limit yourself to growing herbs in teacups. You can also grow them in pots, bowls, and other kitchen items that can accommodate the growing medium.
  • Cultivate herbs in teacups and gift them to your friends and family members.
  • You can also transfer the herbs to pots if the cups get overcrowded.

What Herbs You Can Grow in Teacups and Coffee Mugs?

You can grow any herb you like in tea and coffee cups. They might not grow as much as they do in pots, but you’ll still end up getting enough harvest to flavor your meals.

Herbs like marjoram, tarragon, and thyme are best for teacups. Grow basil, parsley, oregano, cilantro, and summer savory in big coffee mugs for a good harvest.

Harvesting Herbs in Teacups and Coffee Mugs

When the herbs grow 5-6 inches tall, you can harvest them. Make a clean cut using a scissor, leaving a set of a few leaves at the bottom. This will ensure that it grows back again.

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