Globe Basil

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Thmom, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Thmom

    Thmom Member

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    I finally got something to grow lol a friend gave me a globe basil plant. I kept it inside on my window sill and it has grown marvelously! It's seeding now... what's a good way to collect the seeds? are the seeds going to be fertile since there was no bees to pollinate the flowers? My friend thought that the plant wouldn't last too long in a container... should I be concerned about it dying anytime soon?
     
  2. Farm_Girl

    Farm_Girl Under the California Sun

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    Globe basil works well as a window box plant, from what I've heard. Mainly it needs good sunshine, regular watering (but be careful not to water it too much) and rich soil (basil grows best in high nitrogen soil.) It should do quite well as a window plant in a container. Most herb seed-heads can be pinched off at the stem when they're mature.

    Basil makes a good cooking herb, btw - you pick bunches of leaves and dry them, then crumble them to use in cooking. The best time to harvest leaves is just before or during when the plant is flowering.

    I hope I've been able to help a little with your questions. :)

    Oh, and here's a webpage I just found that has a bit more info about basil. http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1082/is_3_45/ai_74011854
     

  3. Thmom

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    ooh thanks for the info!
    right now I've just been plucking a few fresh leaves as I need them but I'm thinking I may need to trim it back a bit and will dry those leaves.