Basil Transplant

bdodd444(Z7 No Virginia)May 19, 2008

I have a basil transplant question. I seem to remember that you should bury part of the stem (like with tomatos) when you transplant to give it a stronger root area. I can't find this anywhere. Is this correct? Part 2: I have some small transplants that are already getting woody, is this from too much water, we have had a lot of rain. Thanks.


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I always transplant basil to the same level as it was originally. Unlike tomatoes, it is actually a woody shrub, so of course, as the stems age, they'll harden up. It's only the new growth which is soft.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 6:02PM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Yes it can take root. I Broke half a plant off at about 10 inches in length, and stuffed the broken end in wet soil. It wilted a bit, then took hold and did quite well, but took almost a month. Pepper plants can also be planted deeper too.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 8:26PM
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I have basil and parsley in large container outside. Should I bring them in for the winter?

    Bookmark   October 4, 2011 at 10:58AM
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Basil will definitely die if left outside in the winter. It even dies outside in winter here in California. Parsley, I'm not so sure about. Basil is considered an annual, so you might have to plan on planting some more in the spring. I've had parsley last 2 years before it got too woody and had to be replaced.

Here is a link that might be useful: What's Growing On?

    Bookmark   October 14, 2011 at 11:59PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Parsley survives my winters in the ground and I'm in Western NY State, but it is not really usable beyond the first year. It often dies/bolts early in the season of the second year. Use it up before the killing frosts and don't worry about bringing it indoors. Start with new parsley next year.


    Bookmark   October 17, 2011 at 2:30PM
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