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Should I give up on my basil?

Posted by tweetspie Michigan (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 15, 11 at 2:28

I started some seeds in a pot (a bag, actually... it was a kit, but that's another story) in March. There were a ton of seeds and I planted them all, expecting maybe 2 or 3 to grow.

They ALL grew.

I transplanted them to a big pot and put a few in the ground, then when I moved back to college, I took one from the ground in a pot.

Problem is, I didn't prune, like ever, so now I have a foot and a half tall plant with a few leaves that is starting to get a woody stem. I let it flower and seed so I could harvest seeds to use again, but now I'm starting to wonder if I should pull the plant and start new seeds, or if there was something I could do.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Should I give up on my basil?

Once an annual has put out flowers and made seed, its purpose in life is accomplished. Pull it.

RE: Should I give up on my basil?

I'm getting mixed answers on Google. Some are saying that it's an annual. Period. Others are saying that in the right conditions (say, indoors) it's a perennial.

RE: Should I give up on my basil?

I kept my small basil plant alive all through last winter in a small pot in the kitchen (eastern sun & artificial), then replanted it outside in the spring. The leaves became thick and tough by about Feb, and the stem was very brown in the spring. Once outdoors, it was slow to get going, but eventually became bushy and productive, and I harvested it a couple more times. It was ok, but not as productive, nor as nice to look at as the newer plants.

RE: Should I give up on my basil?

While you *might* be able to keep it alive for longer than one growing season, it is an annual.


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