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Old 10-07-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
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How cold can my Basil take it?

I had Basil in my garden that I dug up a couple of weeks ago and put in a pot. I was thinking that it would have some time to get "settled" before I have to bring it in. That brings me to my question. How cold can it take it outside? (Keeping in mind, it's in a pot, not the ground so it won't be able to take it as low.)
For all I know, I'm wasting my time and it will never make it in the house, but I never like to give in w/o a fight. I just started making my own pesto and I like it.

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Old 10-07-2006, 01:56 PM   #2
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It can't take it very cold. Time to bring it in the house if you have had any frost warnings.

I will warn you though, basil sometimes smells a little unpleasant in the house.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:07 PM   #3
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especially if your cats like to pee on it. (alix's cat protests indoor basil that way.)

like alix said, it can't handle cold at all. even if it survives a cold night or two, the leaves will turn, and not be as flavorful afterwards. they may even turn bitter.

since it's a fast growing annual, it's best to just keep replanting it to keep a fresh store on hand.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I guess I'll go ahead and bring it into the kitchen today and give it a try for a while.
I'm glad now that I don't have a cat. I don't think that would improve the pesto.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:37 PM   #5
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Amazing, buckytom is kidding. Cats are not interested in the basil at all. The basil smells like cat pee, I just didn't want to be so blunt. LOL.
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Oh. ......
Maybe cat pea smells like basil. It's a matter of perspective.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:55 PM   #7
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Either way, I did NOT like the way my kitchen smelled when I tried to bring my basil in. So, I will now grow it in the summer and either dry the leaves or make pesto and freeze it. No fresh basil in the house for me!
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:02 PM   #8
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Basil doesn't really do all that well inside anyway. It gets white flies--and there is not enough sun to keep it going in the winter unless you have a grow light.
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:14 PM   #9
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I brought mine in a week ago- usually does pretty well for me -facing the morning sun. No flies here-lol , all I do is keep pinching it back. I don't even smell it anymore !
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Old 10-07-2006, 05:24 PM   #10
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I would bring it in.

Have grown basil from seeds in a pot in the house.

Never noticed an off smell however.

Maybe my smeller is going or I need to bathe more.
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