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Thai basil as house plant??

Posted by dancinglemons 7+ (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 14, 09 at 1:32

Hello all,

Anyone here know if Thai basil can be kept as a house plant over the winter? My Thai basil plant looks fantastic and I'm thinking of keeping some of it inside this winter. Please post your experience if you have done this.
DL


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RE: Thai basil as house plant??

Whenever I have brought any basil inside as a houseplant, it does quite well for 2-3 months, then dies. But, hey, at least I get another several weeks out of it.


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RE: Thai basil as house plant??

Agreed.

The only basil I've successfully overwintered is holy basil. But that is a perennial and a different type of plant altogether.

FataMorgana


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RE: Thai basil as house plant??

I've overwintered sweet basil in a windowsill that only got about 5 hours of overcast sunlight a day. It wasn't looking that great by the end of winter but it came back around once I put it outside again in the spring. However, I'm not sure how sweet basil would compare to your Thai basil.


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RE: Thai basil as house plant??

Thanks one and all. I will try a small portion of the plant inside to see how it goes. It has done quite well outside this summer in partial shade.

DL


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RE: Thai basil as house plant??

DL, I tried keeping sweet basil and chives indoors during winter a couple of years ago. I kept them near a sunny window and I provided bottom heat. The chives were happier than the basil which got a little leggy. I think if I had provided some additional artificial lighting, the basil would have been much happier. You may know this already, but thought it worth mentioning to keep the basil away from heater vents, and a good distance from windows which radiate cold.


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RE: Thai basil as house plant??

Are you ready for a 4-5 foot tall indoor plant? Artifical lighting would need to be on about 20 hours per day.


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