How to Grow Fenugreek

Two Methods:Growing outdoorsGrowing in a pot or container

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a half-hardy annual herb indigenous to Western Asia. It has been grown for many centuries in the Mediterranean region and can be found in many commercially prepared curry powders.

Method 1
Growing outdoors

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    Purchase fenugreek seeds from a nursery or reputable online garden retailer.
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    Choose a suitable place for planting. Choose a position in full sun and with soil that is of good to rich quality and drains well. The soil should have a pH of around 6.0-7.0 and should remain dry and warm.
    • Avoid cold, wet soils as these will cause fenugreek seeds to rot.
    • As a legume, fenugreek adds nitrogen to the soil, making it useful as a cover crop restoring nitrogen to the soil.
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    Sow the seeds. Decide whether to sow indoors or outdoors. The seed should not be planted outdoors until the soil temperature is around 15ºC/60ºF in springtime.
    • Sow indoors in mid spring or sow outdoors in late spring.
    • The seeds should germinate within two days.
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    Harvest the pods when they have ripened. However, be sure to harvest them before they shatter.
    • Seeds can be left in the sun to dry.

Method 2
Growing in a pot or container

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    Find a suitably sized pot or container. Fill it with a mud and sand mixture.
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    Add some water. Leave it for one day.
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    Soak some fenugreek seeds in water. Leave for one day.
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    Sprinkle the seeds on the prepared soil. Add just a little water (remember that over-watering can cause the seedlings to die).
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    Watch for sprouting. The seedlings will come out within two to three days.
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    Keep watering the plants regularly but only in small amounts. Provide with enough sunlight.
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    Harvest the pods when ready. The leaves can also be used for eating and cooking.

Tips

  • Seed sold in natural food stores for sprouting will grow.
  • Sprouted fenugreek seeds are great in a salad.
  • Store fenugreek seeds in an airtight container.

Warnings

  • Snails like fenugreek. Pick them off by hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Planting tools

Sources and Citations

  • Patricia S Michalak, Successful Organic Gardening, Herbs, p. 121, (1995), ISBN 1-86958-133-4 – research source
  • Kathi Keville, The Illustrated Herb Encyclopedia, p. 194, (1991), ISBN 0-7318-0222-5 – research source

Article Info

Categories: Growing Herbs and Spices