My basil leaves are so tiny

gina_basilJuly 25, 2009

Hi,

I've been growing basil from plants every year. And every year, the basil leaves get smaller and smaller as they get taller. i do pinch off the flowers but the leaves are not getting any bigger. The leaves look healthy but they are just not as big as when i first brought them home. The plant is in an 8 inch pot on the south side of the house. Thanks to those who offer advice.

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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

Pot is MILES too small. Of course the plant (and its leaves) are going to be very stunted. (Much like a bonsai plant)

Best solution: put the plant in the garden and be prepared to be amazed at just how BIG a basil plant can get!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 4:18AM
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francescod(6b/7a VA)

Also, cut your plant back. Don't just pinch out the flowers. You will get lots more leaf production if you regularly cut your basil back by about one-half when you harvest. A 12 inch pot is the minimum size needed for Italian type basils.

F. DeBaggio

    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 11:31AM
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