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Nov 8, 2009 02:55 AM

any hope for a withered basil plants?

hello all,

the people here keep harvesting from the bottoms and sides instead of tops. the stems no longer sprout leaves. will my plants ever become healthy again?

thanks in advance.

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  1. Depending on where "here" is, I doubt it. Time to raise some seeds indoors?

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    1. re: DonShirer

      thanks, "here" is actually Manila, Philippines. I guess I'll have to buy more basil plants again.

      1. re: epabella

        You don't need to buy plants! Basil grows beautifully from seed, as long as the soil is warm and moist (like in Manila ;-). You'll save gobs of money and be able to sow every few months, so you have a never-ending supply of plants.

        Also, remember when your plants start to flower to not just pinch the flower head, but go down the stem a good four inches. I learned this trick this year and it causes the plant to put more production into sides shoots instead of merely recuperating and sending up another flower asap.

        1. re: Beckyleach

          thanks for the very useful advice. i'm keeping my fingers crossed but it seems they'll pull thru after all the sunshine last week (after three weeks on overcast and typhoons). i'm not going to harvest anymore leaves from the two shrubs as i wait for some tips on how to plant some cuttings from them. thanks again for the invaluable tip on how to harvest and encourage growth.

          1. re: epabella

            I have had my basil plant indoors now for a month and a half in Toronto. The bottom leaves are yellow but I am still harvesting from the top.
            Unfortunately, I think the plant is not getting enough sun.