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Old 08-18-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hi!

Okay, let's say I have some Basil seeds.

The instructions on the packet say I can more or less plant them indoors anytime. I planted some back in May. In fresh potting compost. They very soon sprouted and that in itself was a thrill. I tended them carefully, trying to maintain a balance between over and under watering and also turning them around so all sides got equal sun. They got to about 6 cm.

And died. (The leaves went brown and fell off). There were no visible bugs on them.

They were on my kitchen windowsill (the sunniest of my flat). Admittedly, we did have a very sunny summer this year - so did they get scorched?

This pretty much happens with everything I plant. (Whether from seed or from small plants and also whether on a windowsill or in my garden).

(Things in the garden get eaten immediately by bugs and slugs.)

I don't want to put chemicals on herbs.

The only thing that I ever managed to grow was a few chilli plants. (I got about 30 chillies from 8 plants - which doesn't seem like a high yield?)

So, back to the Basil.

I have some seeds.....

I have plenty of brand new potting compost and pots of various sizes.

What I would love to achieve is Basil plants growing at different rates so I always have some available - I don't use a lot, and I don't want a "glut".

How can I achieve this?

All thoughts and helpful advice gratefully received!

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Old 08-18-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Hey, fancy meeting you here, Katy!

First, any container you plant in needs to be sterilized. Clorox Cleanup/bleach spray works, and needs to be rinsed off. Seeds need to be warm, I have heating cables that I duct taped to the bottom of flats when I grew everything from seed. Not too warm. Not totally necessary.

As others have said, I would use already started basil plants. You can also root basil you buy at the store in a glass of water, or in a small container of moist vermiculite. Take off the bottom leaves, so they're not under water or buried, and stick them in.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #3
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Well who knew we would bump into each other here??

So, sterilise pots. I can do that.

Get plants and forget about seeds. I can do that.

As for "flats" - I am talking about the type of building I live in.... you might call it an apartment? I won't be duct-taping anything to the bottom of my flat! My downstairs neighbours wouldn't approve!

Okay, I am going to get a couple of plants on Friday and we shall see how I get on! (I will post pics and I hope for lots of advice and support to keep my "babies" alive!)
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:27 PM   #4
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I never sterilize or warm seeds.

But it's much easier to grow from plants.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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I never sterilize or warm seeds.

But it's much easier to grow from plants.

I have been trying to grow plants and flowers since I was a kid - my mum gave me a little strip of garden when I was 8. I did get some wall flowers going eventually. (They would grow anywhere it turns out.)

Maybe with some support I will make some Basil thrive!
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I never sterilize or warm seeds.

But it's much easier to grow from plants.
I just fling my basil seeds in a small dirt plot, and ignore them. I always get more basil than I need.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #7
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Before you guys get into a ruckus over plants..

I am the OP....

And I need help. So I would like a consensus. Not an argument!

Just sayin...

We have reached agreement as far as I can see.

I will be planting small plants.

I will post pics.

And I will receive help and support in nurturing my plants.

Have I missed anything?

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Huh? Where's the argument/ruckus??
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #9
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Before you guys get into a ruckus over plants..

I am the OP....

And I need help. So I would like a consensus. Not an argument!

Just sayin...

We have reached agreement as far as I can see.

I will be planting small plants.

I will post pics.

And I will receive help and support in nurturing my plants.

Have I missed anything?

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Old 08-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #10
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Katy,

Flat over here mean the set of small pots you plant in, not your apartment
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