Basil Plants-Is this a good price?

andreaz6wv(6b)April 14, 2010

I didn't seed any basil this year and need to get some whether for market or myself. I called a local greenhouse and they are selling their 6 packs of sweet basil for $6.65.

I know it is so much cheaper to start your own and I ordered some this winter, I just didn't get to it.

What do you think of this price?

Andrea

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myfamilysfarm

To me, that's TOO much. You can still start some started. I start basil thru=out the summer.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 6:45PM
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lazy_gardens

Start your own ... it's only April.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:00PM
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jillzee

I agree with the others. It's very easy to start from seed. You have plenty of time. :)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 8:40AM
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andreaz6wv(6b)

Good enough!! Thank you for responding. I was going to buy several 6-packs, but will start some today :-)

Andrea

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 8:42AM
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mary_littlerockar(8a-7b mid Arkansas)

Andrea,

Goodness, yes, do start your own from seed. I started some about two weeks ago and they're already up and have their first true leaves.

I have a deep appreciation for the work nurseries do but for something that grows this fast, just get those seed in the flat, girl!

Mary

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 5:24AM
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wordwiz

Andrea,

From the opposite shore: How many plants were you going to start? IME, six plants will provide bunches and bunches of basil over the course of a summer, especially if you cut the tops of stems and let them develop sprouts. Unless you already have the potting mix, cups or flats, lights, etc., you will be hard pressed to spend less than $7.00. Plus, it's going to be at least a month before your plants are reading to go outside.

My plants produce about a pound of leaves each last year and they did not get transplanted until the end of May and I didn't tend them as well as I should have.

I would get a flat or two from the nursery and then start some more from seeds. If you are selling the leaves for $1/oz. and the plants are a decent size, you will pay for them by before your other plants are ready to go outside let alone start producing.

YMMV,

Mike

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 5:07PM
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