I'm a kind of newbie gardener, and trying my hand at little plants in pots before I really move outside. Given the climate of Oklahoma City, too, I think this is best, because it can rain for days, and be dry for days, or be rainy for a week, then super dry for a week. It's really a terrible climate for anyone who wants any kind of control over planting situations, and only the craziest, hardiest plants will grow without an extreme amount of care and watchfulness in the back lawn. So pots it is.
I've started with herbs. I got a basil, lavender, thyme, rosemary, cilantro and chives plant, one each. The first four all seem to be doing fine- in fact, the lavender has doubled in size since this past weekend, and the thyme went from having a few yellow leaves to being real happy, green, an perky. Now I'm keeping these near a window, on top of bookshelves, so they can get light in the afternoon and evening, from the window and the ceiling light, respectively.
Now on the first day, after I watered the chives, they perked right up, just like the other plants, but after a couple days, seem to be yellowing and sagging. They're in precisely the same kind of cardboardy peat pot as the other plants. The cilantro wasn't looking fantastic to begin with when I first got it, and I haven't seen a dramatic change in that.
One thing I did notice was that most of the other plants' pots are starting to dry out, but not the cilantro so much. The chives is in a plastic pot. What do you guys think? I've set them in the sun outside in case it is a light issue, but I think they may need better drained soil than what they have. I'd like any confirmation of suspicion. I can take photos if they'd be helpful.