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My Basil plant is struggling on my London window sill - maybe it's too cold. What do I know?

Does anyone round here (try) to grow basil? Does it need the sun? Does it need warmth? Puhlease help me. Rosemary does great here, even in the garden.

My plant looks like in this pic. Not great, is it?

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by Anonymousreply 19Last Saturday at 10:33 PM

Looks like it needs a little spritz of water. Basil is very hardy.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Saturday at 2:46 PM

Um, I think it's ready to pick. Make some pesto and freeze it.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Saturday at 2:47 PM

Try pronouncing it the American way and see if it likes that better.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Saturday at 2:47 PM

Name him Rathbone.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Saturday at 2:51 PM

OT, but that’s a very beautiful, restful picture. I like.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Saturday at 2:51 PM

Orphan tears really help maximize the flavor.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Saturday at 2:54 PM

[quote]OT, but that’s a very beautiful, restful picture. I like.

It's not my actual plant I got it off the internet, it probably belongs to a heterosexual

by Anonymousreply 7Last Saturday at 2:55 PM

Too much water (or possibly too little water), but I would bet you are overwatering.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Saturday at 3:00 PM

Before I realized it wasn't your actual plant, I was going to tell you that it looked fine. Basil is incredibly hardy as long as it gets enough sun and water. It doesn't like drafts so you might want to move it, OP.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Saturday at 3:00 PM

[quote]Too much water (or possibly too little water), but I would bet you are overwatering.

It drink it up so fast and starts to wilt if I don't water it

by Anonymousreply 10Last Saturday at 3:02 PM

basil likes lots of water with a well drained pot. bright sun/light a few hours a day and pinching off the leaves makes it grow better. if you pinch tge well formed leaves that are above two tiny leaves it will branch off there with regrowth. mist once a week. I grow tons of several kinds of basil inside with lights. it's my favorite herb and one of my favorite sces

by Anonymousreply 11Last Saturday at 3:30 PM

Thanks RC

by Anonymousreply 12Last Saturday at 3:33 PM

Basil prefers heat. That's why it grows in places like Thailand

by Anonymousreply 13Last Saturday at 3:39 PM

omy, *scent* not sces. and you're welcome op. I am a maniacal pincher (except for the bottom most leaves) so that my plats get bushy rather than tall because there's limited height space inside under lights.

However, if you grow lemon basil over pinching somehow makes it just grow lots of tiny leaves that over crowd each other. or, that's what it did with mine.

and I just now see r13and suspect he's correct and I never thought about having to worry about it because of lights.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Saturday at 3:42 PM

You're not using the right fertilizer, OP. Do you happen to have a lover your brothers don't approve of?

by Anonymousreply 15Last Saturday at 3:47 PM

If you have a radiator or vent, put it near that. It like heat and sun.

Improves growth / health of tomato plants when planted near them.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Saturday at 3:52 PM

I thought a sunny day in London was rare? And the trees are full of green leaves- in mid-November?

I think Muriel needs to put a disclaimer on this post.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Saturday at 5:07 PM

Let basil die and come back, or buy another.

Nothing lasts forever. Especially in a temperate climate where plants recognize seasonal changes in light. Not to mention temperature, even when stifled indoors like this poorly tended, unfed Ocimum basilicum that ought to be eight inches taller and much fuller by the end of the growing season.

Plant Munchausen's by proxy.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Saturday at 5:47 PM

[quote]I thought a sunny day in London was rare? And the trees are full of green leaves- in mid-November? I think Muriel needs to put a disclaimer on this post.

I said the photo wasn't mine you moron.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Saturday at 10:33 PM
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