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Old 11-21-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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What's wrong with my basil?

Last year, I grew some beautiful sweet basil -- big, broad leaves, wonderful taste. Recently, I've planted several basil plants and the basil is very tiny-leaf and very bitter tasting. What's wrong?

Hope this isn't a "dumb-blonde" question.



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Old 11-21-2008, 04:12 PM   #2
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Different seed perhaps?

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Old 11-21-2008, 04:13 PM   #3
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There are many different varieties of basil. You probably planted a different type than you are used to.

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Old 11-21-2008, 05:51 PM   #4
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Does your name mean you live in sunny Florida? My basil has been bitten by the frost and that may have happened to yours if it is outside. Basil is a summer herb or a quite warm place inside (not near a window, or a draft in the cold). I pulled mine up this morning.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:51 PM   #5
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Basil is very delicate. Needs lots of water. AND yes, it may have gotten a chill.

Just before frost I pick my broad leaves and place them in a small plastic container...
a lot in a small container...and put in my freezer. They are wonderful to use straight
from the freezer.

Just put a leaf in my tomatoe sauce. Aria
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:31 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone.

Yes, I live in Tampa. It's been cool here in the a.m. lately, but I had basil problems before the temperature change. I think I may have planted a different variety, like someone here said, or I may not have watered it enough. Plus, I guess this isn't the best time of the year to grow it outside. Darn, I love my fresh basil.

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