Oregano/ Basil Questions

Jamin724May 10, 2013

Sorry for the double post I do not see a delete topic when I go to edit :/. Quick question I planted both basil and oregano about a month ago and the basil is fine but the oregano has barely grown any. I know they grow/germinate at different rates but they still look like little itty bitty plants they are in the middle. Is it normal for oregano to grow this slow? Also living in New England would it be safe to transplant my basil in the ground it has only 1 set of true leaves or should I use a small pot first then the ground? Finally I am sorry I just keep thinking of more questions. I have read to transplant basil in clumps and individual what are your suggestions?

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Oregano does grow very slowly from seed. You might want to consider picking up a plant or two from a nursery though your plants will probably eventually form a good mound of oregano.

Not sure what zone you're in 5 or 6? Anyways it's best to wait until nighttime temperatures aren't dropping under 50F before planting basil out.

Basil does just fine planted in clumps though you might want to thin them a bit with scissors.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 10:30PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Agree with gicore.
Basils are heat lovers. In cold weather, even if they survive, they will not do anything in terms of growth.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 4:27AM
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Sorry I do not know what Zone I am in I am in Rhode Island. It gets to be about 70 in the day but the nights it drops down to 40 degrees it probably wont be in the 50's until summer time.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 8:38AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)


Soil temperature also plays a role. In the case of warm weather veggies, the roots need warmer medium. As long ast soil temperaturs is 65F, cold nights might be tolerated.
So my advice to you is to cover around the basil palnt base with black plastid. It will absorb heat from sun(or air) during the day but will not let the soil cool down too fast.
You can also mound around the base of plants with black mulch. Why black? because blaclk color traps heat waves and woul not reflect. That is the quite opposite of white.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:48PM
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carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

Your zone is probably 6b, unless you are right on the water which might make you zone 7. I'm in RI too. It is still pretty cool for basil to take off. I'm going to put seed in pots outside tomorrow and maybe a month from now, plant them in the ground.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 3:36PM
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