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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    it producing too. TIA

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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    Kalmia wrote:
    > I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    > is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    > it producing too. TIA



    Just keep pinching it back, and don't let it freeze. Even a light frost
    will kill it.

    Bob

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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Jul 5, 7:59*pm, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    > Kalmia wrote:
    > > I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    > > is for basil. *I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    > > it producing too. *TIA

    >
    > Just keep pinching it back, and don't let it freeze. *Even a light frost
    > will kill it.
    >
    > Bob


    It's in a windowsill pot. Do I pinch from the top, bottom, .....where?

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    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Jul 5, 4:54*pm, Kalmia <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    > I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    > is for basil. *I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    > it producing too. *TIA


    Like said, keep pinching it. Mine always bolts here, so I am not a lot
    of help! I have oregano or marjoram all over the place- the previous
    owner must have planted some somewhere, but it's like a weed, along
    with the lemon balm.

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    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    >is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    >it producing too. TIA


    Do not let it go to flower. Pinch off any flower buds and it'll last
    much, much longer. In fact, when you want leaves, lop off the top of
    the biggest stem. It should send out side shoots in response. That
    too, will make it last longer.

    It'll do better outdoors if you can keep it there, too.

    By the way, standard basil grows like a weed, so if you have any room
    in the garden at all, or a 6" or greater flower pot, toss in some
    seeds and stand back.

    I have 4-5 different basils growing out there right now.

    Boron

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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Jul 5, 8:14*pm, Boron Elgar <boron_el...@hootmail.com> wrote:
    > On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    >
    > <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    > >I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    > >is for basil. *I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    > >it producing too. *TIA

    >
    > Do not let it go to flower. Pinch off any flower buds and it'll last
    > much, much longer. In fact, when you want leaves, lop off the top of
    > the biggest stem. It should send out side shoots in response. That
    > too, will make it last longer.
    >
    > It'll do better outdoors if you can keep it there, too.
    >
    > By the way, standard basil grows like a weed, so if you have any room
    > in the garden at all, or a 6" or greater flower pot, toss in some
    > seeds and stand back.
    >
    > I have 4-5 different basils growing out there right now.
    >
    > Boron


    Green with envy. Does is like sun, partial or what?

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    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:18:45 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Jul 5, 8:14*pm, Boron Elgar <boron_el...@hootmail.com> wrote:
    >> On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    >>
    >> <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    >> >I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    >> >is for basil. *I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    >> >it producing too. *TIA

    >>
    >> Do not let it go to flower. Pinch off any flower buds and it'll last
    >> much, much longer. In fact, when you want leaves, lop off the top of
    >> the biggest stem. It should send out side shoots in response. That
    >> too, will make it last longer.
    >>
    >> It'll do better outdoors if you can keep it there, too.
    >>
    >> By the way, standard basil grows like a weed, so if you have any room
    >> in the garden at all, or a 6" or greater flower pot, toss in some
    >> seeds and stand back.
    >>
    >> I have 4-5 different basils growing out there right now.
    >>
    >> Boron

    >
    >Green with envy. Does is like sun, partial or what?


    As much sun as you can give it. Keep it damp, but not wet.

    Boron

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    > is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    > it producing too. TIA


    I dunno. I think you need to have the right plant karma. I was given
    a basil plant from Trader Joe's last year that I kept going until I
    went on vacation and then it died at the plant sitter's. I bought a
    pot of parsley a few weeks ago and it started getting leggy & brown
    immediately - under the same light and heat conditions the basil did
    well in (my kitchen window). So, I'm as clueless as you are. My
    advice is to get a violet.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    >is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    >it producing too. TIA


    Basil is shallow rooted, so never let it get dry. Pinching it back is
    probably a bad example. You need to cut useable stems from the plant.
    in the beginning you cut the main stem just above where you see leaf
    nodes on the stem. The leaf nodes will produce additional stems.
    Continue cutting the plant just above the leaf nodes to keep the plant
    branching out. Definitely cut the plant back before it goes to
    flower. Basil likes sun and warm earth. You can keep your cutting
    fresh until use by putting them in a glass of water just as you would
    cut flowers. The same rules apply here -- do not fill the water so
    that leaves are under water. Change the water every several days.
    Soon you may see that some of the stems have roots. You can allow
    these roots to develop and plant the stem. Keep the newly planted
    stem out of the sun for a few days to harden off. Basil is an annual
    plant and as such has a limited life -- you cannot make it last
    forever. Your rooted stems will have the same life as the main plant
    that you took them from. You may be able to keep the plant going to
    mid winter. Good Luck
    Janet US

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    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    >is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    >it producing too. TIA


    All my basil died this year! :-( Except for two plants:

    https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...65819040_n.jpg

    I think it's Christmas Basil.

    I had Italian Large Leaf and several other kinds and this is all that
    survived. I have no idea why.

    John Kuthe...

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    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:00:51 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Jul 5, 7:59*pm, zxcvbob <zxcv...@charter.net> wrote:
    >> Kalmia wrote:
    >> > I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    >> > is for basil. *I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    >> > it producing too. *TIA

    >>
    >> Just keep pinching it back, and don't let it freeze. *Even a light frost
    >> will kill it.
    >>
    >> Bob

    >
    >It's in a windowsill pot. Do I pinch from the top, bottom, .....where?


    From the juicy new leaf tops! The basil plant will replace these. If
    you minch from the botton the basil plant will not replace bottom
    leaves.

    John Kuthe...

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?


    "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:44025be9-75b7-41ff-a6cc-0a[email protected]..
    >I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    > is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    > it producing too. TIA


    Lots of sun, warmth and water. Clip the flowering buds or the leaves tend
    to go bitter.

    Paul



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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:23:07 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    >> is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    >> it producing too. TIA

    >
    >I dunno. I think you need to have the right plant karma. I was given
    >a basil plant from Trader Joe's last year that I kept going until I
    >went on vacation and then it died at the plant sitter's. I bought a
    >pot of parsley a few weeks ago and it started getting leggy & brown
    >immediately - under the same light and heat conditions the basil did
    >well in (my kitchen window). So, I'm as clueless as you are. My
    >advice is to get a violet.


    Parsley likes a little bit of shade during the day from the intense
    sun. It doesn't have to be complete shade. I put it with other
    plants or another pot nearby so that it get some dappled shade during
    the brightest, hottest part of the day.
    Janet US

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Thu, 05 Jul 2012 20:32:30 -0500, John Kuthe <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    >>is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    >>it producing too. TIA

    >
    >All my basil died this year! :-( Except for two plants:
    >
    >https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...65819040_n.jpg
    >
    >I think it's Christmas Basil.
    >
    >I had Italian Large Leaf and several other kinds and this is all that
    >survived. I have no idea why.
    >
    >John Kuthe...

    If you had a lengthy cool, gray spring, basil will not do well at
    all. It needs bright sun and warmth to do well.
    Janet US

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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the technique
    > is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but want to keep
    > it producing too. TIA


    How do you keep parsley producing? I'm presuming you mean you have had some
    success with keeping it from bolting.

    I pinch off basil flowers below the first pair of leaves under the flowers.
    However the newer leaves will not grow very large once I start pinching them
    back.

    MartyB



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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:18:45 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Jul 5, 8:14 pm, Boron Elgar <boron_el...@hootmail.com> wrote:
    >>> On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    >>>
    >>> <tweeny90...@mypacks.net> wrote:
    >>>> I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the
    >>>> technique is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but
    >>>> want to keep it producing too. TIA
    >>>
    >>> Do not let it go to flower. Pinch off any flower buds and it'll last
    >>> much, much longer. In fact, when you want leaves, lop off the top of
    >>> the biggest stem. It should send out side shoots in response. That
    >>> too, will make it last longer.
    >>>
    >>> It'll do better outdoors if you can keep it there, too.
    >>>
    >>> By the way, standard basil grows like a weed, so if you have any
    >>> room in the garden at all, or a 6" or greater flower pot, toss in
    >>> some seeds and stand back.
    >>>
    >>> I have 4-5 different basils growing out there right now.
    >>>
    >>> Boron

    >>
    >> Green with envy. Does is like sun, partial or what?

    >
    > As much sun as you can give it. Keep it damp, but not wet.
    >
    > Boron


    Well, not totally as much sun as possible. With the scorching sun here
    lately, I've been getting damaged leaves on my two kinds of basil. The
    younger leaves are ok but the older ones are yellowing. I've rarely seen it
    so hot that the basil didn't like it.

    MartyB



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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    Janet Bostwick <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:23:07 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:54:11 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I have had parsley producing for months, but wonder what the
    >>> technique is for basil. I bought a full plant in supermkt tda, but
    >>> want to keep it producing too. TIA

    >>
    >> I dunno. I think you need to have the right plant karma. I was
    >> given a basil plant from Trader Joe's last year that I kept going
    >> until I went on vacation and then it died at the plant sitter's. I
    >> bought a pot of parsley a few weeks ago and it started getting leggy
    >> & brown immediately - under the same light and heat conditions the
    >> basil did well in (my kitchen window). So, I'm as clueless as you
    >> are. My advice is to get a violet.

    >
    > Parsley likes a little bit of shade during the day from the intense
    > sun. It doesn't have to be complete shade. I put it with other
    > plants or another pot nearby so that it get some dappled shade during
    > the brightest, hottest part of the day.
    > Janet US


    Also, parsley bedding plants are a waste of money. Generally they are older
    than they look, like most greenhouse raised bedding plants. When they get
    set out, they bolt almost immediately with the first warm days. Some
    varieties are more resistant to bolting but for best results, plant parsley,
    and cilantro, directly from seed.

    MartyB



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    Tom Del Rosso Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?


    John Kuthe wrote:
    >
    > From the juicy new leaf tops! The basil plant will replace these. If
    > you minch from the botton the basil plant will not replace bottom
    > leaves.


    Yes, cut the top stem off just above a pair of leaves. If you remove the
    bottom you get a tall empty stem with a few leaves on top and then it dies.


    --

    Reply in group, but if emailing add one more
    zero, and remove the last word.



  19. #19
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    "Nunya Bidnits" <[email protected]> wrote:

    -snip-
    >
    >Also, parsley bedding plants are a waste of money. Generally they are older
    >than they look, like most greenhouse raised bedding plants. When they get
    >set out, they bolt almost immediately with the first warm days. Some
    >varieties are more resistant to bolting but for best results, plant parsley,
    >and cilantro, directly from seed.


    I didn't think we lived that far apart-- but I've never seen a parsley
    bolt-- and if I plant parsley seed, it is in March- in my basement.

    Note to OP-- YMMV depending on local conditions. [I'm in a warm Zone
    5-6 in NY on fairly sandy loam.]

    Jim

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Anyone know how to keep a basil plant going?

    On Fri, 06 Jul 2012 07:41:03 -0400, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >"Nunya Bidnits" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >-snip-
    >>
    >>Also, parsley bedding plants are a waste of money. Generally they are older
    >>than they look, like most greenhouse raised bedding plants. When they get
    >>set out, they bolt almost immediately with the first warm days. Some
    >>varieties are more resistant to bolting but for best results, plant parsley,
    >>and cilantro, directly from seed.

    >
    >I didn't think we lived that far apart-- but I've never seen a parsley
    >bolt-- and if I plant parsley seed, it is in March- in my basement.
    >
    >Note to OP-- YMMV depending on local conditions. [I'm in a warm Zone
    >5-6 in NY on fairly sandy loam.]
    >
    >Jim

    I've had that bolting experience with parsley plant that I have
    purchased. If I grow it from seed it never bolts.
    Janet US

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