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Old 09-19-2008, 11:24 AM   #11
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Ok its been in the sun for one hour & its wiltingit has plenty of water.......
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:26 AM   #12
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You might need to really saturate it the first time and you might want to take it out of the sun. It just needs to get used to it's new home.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:33 AM   #13
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Kathe,

The supermarkets near me sell basil plants like that with the little root ball. I just plop the root end in a iced tea glass filled with water. I let it hang out on the window sill behind the sink. The longest I had a plant keep was from November to August IIRC. Cut stems will root in water too.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:36 AM   #14
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thanks KE, I brought it in and gave it another watering, I'll keep it in for a little while & see how it does!

cool jeeks!!!, but I already planted it so I will see if this one takes root....either way Im determined to try & grow basil one way or another, I love it!
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:48 AM   #15
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it was $2.99, I thought it was reasonable
Wow...from the looks of it,that's close to a quarter a leaf! Crazy.... This time of year, basil should be about $1 a pound!
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:41 PM   #16
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Actually - $2.99 for a commercial clump like that is pretty darn good. A small plastic clamshell of little cut sprigs runs a minimum of $2.49 around here, & you have an excellent chance of keeping yours going for awhile.

Oh, & take it OUT OF THE SUN or it will be dead, if it isn't already!! Something like that needs to be slowly acclimated to full sun. You can't just plop it in a pot & stick it out in the sun right after it's been uprooted, shipped, & stored in an alien environment like a store. It should be in shade at first until it perks up, then just indirect bright light, & then increased sunlight for a few hours a day.

Even then - while basil is super easy to grow from seeds or small transplants, it can be temperamental when it comes to larger plants. Consider this an experiement, & if it doesn't perk up quickly, just use it in a sauce or something before it totally frizzles.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:47 PM   #17
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Basil grows very well in the summer months - mine wears out by Halloween.
cut flowers as they start to grow - you want the nutrients to go to the leaves not the flowers.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:51 PM   #18
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I don't think it will grow in soil as it has been in water for a long time; they have become adapted to the water and don't do well in soil, the roots are very fragile. I have kept them for several weeks in a glass of water.
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Ok its been in the sun for one hour & its wiltingit has plenty of water.......
Show it this.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:04 PM   #20
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Ok well here is a pic of what it looks like now, its been on my kitchen counter the whole time (was out in the sun for 1 hour). Now I dont know what to do, should I leave it in the soil or put it in water? It hasnt perked up at all
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