Strange question

dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)July 16, 2013

I got 2 basil plants from a big box store & they are in my windowsill doing well. They are separated by a window frame if that matters. Every morning I wake up & open the curtains, the one on the left has black "seeds" scattered all over the windowsill. The right one does not. I googled basil seed info and I thought that seed only comes from the flower. THERE ARE NO FLOWERS on my plants. I rarely dab in growing fresh herbs, so I figured y'all would probably know in an instant. Are these seeds and how if there are no flowers? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP!!

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CaraRose

How long have you had them? It's possible you bought them and they had already flowered and were developing seeds.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:05PM
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chaman(z7MD)

CaraRose seems to be correct.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 11:13PM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

I have had them about 3 weeks. There are no flower stalks anywhere, so where are the seeds coming from?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 6:23AM
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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

A picture of both the plant and the "seeds" would help to figure out what's going on.

Rodney

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 7:45AM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

Pardon the dog hair & dirty windowsill :)

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 8:16AM
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goodearth(z8atlanta)

Are u sure they are seeds, and not bugs or caterpillar droppings?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:33AM
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wally_1936(8b)

I have never seen seeds fall off a basil plant ever. They stay on the plant even after it has died completely.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:35AM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

I have not seen any bugs or caterpillars. They are hard and about the size of poppy seeds. Hmmm..

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 5:11PM
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nickl(Z7a NJ)

I can't tell you what those are, but they are definitely NOT basil seeds.

Basil seeds are brown and slightly curved and pointed, with stripes. Very different from whatever that is.

Here's an enlarged view:

(My bad - original post pointed to the wrong photo - that was photo of caraway seeds- - this is basil - got to be more careful before I hit the submit button)

This post was edited by nickl on Wed, Jul 17, 13 at 23:07

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 6:07PM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

Right! not even close!!! I put the plant outside on the patio table.....I'm real curious now as to what the heck they are! Wonder if it is some kind of critter that I carried home from the box store?? I will check the sill in the AM and see what is there. It is raining now outside, so I don't know if I will find anything on the patio tables in the AM around said plant. The other plant has nothing. BTW the plant in question seemed to be more weakly than the other, so maybe it is a little critter of a sort I cant see??

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 6:18PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

So Weird! My basil seeds are small and black. Yours look like wheat or barley seeds. I have grown them from these seeds, so I know I'm not freaking out! How the heck can a basil plant have seeds that big???????

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 7:43PM
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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

My basil seeds are small and black too (I just checked).

nickl, are you sure the seeds in your picture are basil? To me they look like something from the carrot family. Even your description sounds like something from the carrot family.

Rodney

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 8:32PM
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gvozdika(8 OR)

Those are no basil seeds, they are droppings from someone who's eating your basil. If you don't see anyone during the daytime, try to catch the culprit at night.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 1:27AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

possibly mouse (?)DROPINGS !!!, agree withgvozdika

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 3:11AM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

I am pretty sure there is not a mouse in here, my dog would go nuts, but I agree it may be something eating on the plant, there are a couple chewed leaves, but only on the one plant (which is now outside). What other kind of critter (bug) could make droppings that look like that?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 5:59AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

â¢Posted by dinajean upstate SC -Zone 7b (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 18, 13 at 5:59
I am pretty sure there is not a mouse in here, my dog would go nuts
................................................................
Even cats cannot cope with the mice, never mind a dog.
Just set up a trap(with some yummy cheese and peanut. You will find out. (somewhere that your dog can not reach)
The evidence is there. Probably it was a baby one..hehheh

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 6:24AM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

HA! Rained all night but did not wash away evidence. If it was a mouse...why would he follow plant outside instead of staying inside with the other basil plant (which still has no "seeds" or "droppings". So I found a leaf chewed even more, some droppings on the leaves & some "whatever" on the table, which are not hard & black like they were inside, but rather squishy & yucky green when squashed. Still don't see a critter though. Now what do y'all think?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 7:34AM
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dinajean(upstate SC -Zone 7b)

Guess who lurked out into the open?? I sure am glad I did not make a protein shake with basil "seeds"!!!LOL

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 8:04AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Ho ho ho. I was wrong for blaming the mice. Innocent until proven guilty. Sorry !

    Bookmark   July 18, 2013 at 8:51PM
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