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sweet basil

PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:00 pm
by bentech
getting my toe wet
someone gave me a little plant,
bought at some grocery store somewhere
the wrapper says "not intended for transplant"

i guess this is so you can have basil a week after buying it
for some recipe your going to make

its in a tiny cup
about 10 inches tall
very healthy

what size container should i pot it in?
what kind of sunlight does it need?

sweet basil

PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:41 pm
by Intrinsic
Yeah I’ve bought those basil plants in the grocery store before. Put it in the ground, grew exceptional well. no problems

what size container should i pot it in?
1-2 gallons ought to be fine.

what kind of sunlight does it need?
Direct is always good, tho basil is known for shade tolerant. Dill’s purple basil is a indicative of plants evolving for diffused light, with the (purple) carotenoids.

If it starts to sun scald, bleaching of the leaves, try half shade till acclimated.

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:13 pm
by bentech
thanks!
ya, im hardening it now
think its gonna want a stand though
as its sitting on a driveway
right against a block wall
thats south facing

:)

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:22 pm
by dill786
basil is a Mediterranean plant so it will like warm weather.... you should pinch out the middle leafs like you do with cannabis plant, help it bush out a little..

sweet basil

PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:25 pm
by bentech
got a one gallon,
mixed half bagged potting soil and half local dirt
but i read then that it likes well draining
am thinking about pulling it up
and mixing in a third sand now

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:47 am
by Jesús Malverde
I used to grow basil a lot before Trader Joe's started selling it fresh cheap. Grow it the same as you do weed outside, it'll love it. Harvest before it goes into flower, most people (including me) think the flavor goes a little off then.

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:44 am
by bentech
yes,
figured id keep the it from bolting

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:56 pm
by dill786
you could auctaully wait a while ben, and then divide the rootball and get lots more plants...

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:01 pm
by twilson
It's a jazz club in NYC.
Or it use to be.

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:29 pm
by bentech
no kidding?

i figured it was to small to divide right off after i thought about it,
guess i will let this go a week or two and see how it likes this soil i got it in

it was definately root bound,
i scored the circling roots before replanting

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:19 pm
by dill786

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:18 am
by bentech
this plant going crazy!
didnt bother with the sand. must be 20 new shoots popping


i see lots of pesto in the coming weeks

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:12 pm
by dill786
now you got a little taste for growing, you should start sowing other types of seeds if you can :)

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:00 pm
by bentech
look how long its been!

ok,
all the new shoots were weeds.
heh

the plants still doing ok but it spent about a month behind a window
south facing, but less than idea
im putting it out again this week

made a couple of tomato basil soups and took about half
i cutting basically straight down height wise
thinking this will get sun into the middle more

sure isnt taking over the pot its in though

Re: sweet basil

PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:43 am
by Intrinsic
jes weeds eh? funny.

Hit it twice in a row with some lite fish ferts, betchya you'll be amazed.