Marto
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Basil seed = ?

Hi everyone,

I planted some basil seeds and they've grown nicely, but I have a question.

Does 1 Basil seed = a whole basil plant or do I need to leave all the seeds in 1 container? If I separate the shoots, will i get a whole plant or just that 1 basil stalk?

thanks in advance

Marto
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I see, Thankyou very much. what would happen if I just left all the seeds in 1 pot?
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I'm getting really confused now. I've separated all the seedlings and put them all in their own separate containers and they're growing nicely. But, am I only going to get one stalk in each container? Or will more stalks start growing from underneath the soil eventually?
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One seed = one plant. It will start as one stalk. As it gets bigger that stalk will branch out. You can encourage that by once the plant has maybe 4 pair of true leaves (not counting the first seed leaves), pinching the top pair off. It will divide into two branches at that point. Once the two branches are growing well and have a few pair of leaves, you can pinch the tips of those off and then they will both divide, and so on.

Eventually, if all goes well, you have a plant that is still all growing from one stalk at the bottom, but is 3 or more feet tall and almost as wide and very bushy.

Like this:

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They don't really show you the base of the plant, but if you could look you would see all of that is coming out of one stalk that goes into the ground.
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I see. well that clear things up. Thankyou muchly.
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Because they get so big is why you want, as MG said, to end up with one plant in a container, at least a one gallon size container. I give mine more room than that, more like a two gallon container.
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This is the first year I've ever actually planted basil in the ground. I bought two small pots of basil from the local nursery and planted them in late-April or so, not realizing they were actually separate plants. I now have two MONSTROUS bushes of basil in my fairly small garden. In all, each "bush" is probably four or five different plants, but don't seem to be showing ill effects of being planted together having been planted in mushroom compost and native soil. But I do think I'll put them in two-gallon pots next year.

Needless to say, I'll be freezing a ton of pesto for use over the winter!

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Yes one seed per pot. Or planting hole or whatever. With good soil you will be simply amazed how big they can get. Funny thing is the more you trim/harvest them the bushier they get. Go figure.

I'm looking at mine earlier they were getting huge I trimmed a LOT of them and now they are twice the size they were 2 weeks ago. Gotta love that.

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