Xiomara wrote:I just bought a basil plant today, some parts are really tall and developed and others are small and quite a few are wilting, my plant is in a pot maybe two inches in height and three or four in width... I want to know what would proper care be for my little plant? How much sunlight it should get and watering habits. Also, should I cut it down when I want to use leaves or should I just pick leaves off it?
I just started indoor herbing this summer and Basil (Chia-Herb, and then the small store-bought pots) is one thing I consistently killed. Until I was informed that (a) I must NOT get any water on the leaves or stems (huh?), and (b) it is a naturally very thirsty plant. Thus spraying/misting killed it because of (a), and withholding water killed it because of (b).
- Now I have 3 (from store-bought) larger than 2 feet, and a multitude of babies from seed. I keep accidentally wetting the babies while trying to water the surrounding lettuce, chives, spinach, etc, so I'm not sure they are going to make it after all... "Next time" they will get their own separate pots which I will water only by immersing to just below the soil-line for a few seconds every few days.
- I've red that the way to harvest leaves is to "top" the larger plants, but I haven't done it long enough to see how the plants will ultimately react.
- One thing I have noticed is the apparent "wilting" (which previously caused me to mist them again and again and kill them), is actually an indication of insufficient LIGHT. My huge Large-Leaf Basil is "un-wilting" from the top down as it gets more and more (fluorescent) light exposure.