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Basil from Migros, re-growing after harvesting leaves?

I tried once with the Bio pots, harvested the leaves -i assume-correctly, cutting the stem from the very top and leaving a couple of leaves but it never grew again, almost same number of leaves as i bought it. Tried moving to a bigger pot, same result.

Anyone experienced growing them for some time after harvesting?

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Re: Basil from Migros, re-growing after harvesting leaves?

I think the key is to not harvest too many leaves - without leaves, the plant can't photosynthesize, and will inevitably die.

Now, these Migros-type plants are never too 'happy/healthy' to begin with, but if you take only a few leaves/week, they should be strong enough to produce new growth (i.e., new leaves). But with the shock of losing too many leaves, I doubt it can survive.

Bottom line, I think these plants are not meant to be life-long (or even summer-long) companions. I always find the leaves that are already present when it's bought to be better than any of the new ones that come along; so maybe it's just a short-term investment.
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Re: Basil from Migros, re-growing after harvesting leaves?

There is a "conspiracy" that these plants have been injected with "plant cancer" in order for them to die after a week or so.

Wash the dirt of them and give them a nice new fresh pot with dirt. I have been doing this for years and cannot keep up with how fast it grows....
they do need a ton of water though
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Re: Basil from Migros, re-growing after harvesting leaves?

AFAIK, the idea of herbs in pots, is just a way of ensuring that they stay fresh longer for the consumer to use at home. Once all the leaves are plucked, then you're pflucked.

If you want to perpetuate a herb garden, then you need to buy from Landi or garden centre, and plant out in a window box, or proper soil bed.
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Re: Basil from Migros, re-growing after harvesting leaves?

Hi

Best to only cut off leaves/parts when you see new sets of small leaves growing. (Sorry for the picture, I hope you can see them). Cut the top off just above the second set of leaves from the ground. Then you're on the safe side.



Some of these pots you can buy are a bit crowded though and you can thin them out a bit. I often cut off the upper parts and place them in a glass of water. After a while they build roots and you can replant them in additional pots or replace dying plants.
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I think the key is to not harvest too many leaves - without leaves, the plant can't photosynthesize, and will inevitably die.

Now, these Migros-type plants are never too 'happy/healthy' to begin with, but if you take only a few leaves/week, they should be strong enough to produce new growth (i.e., new leaves). But with the shock of losing too many leaves, I doubt it can survive.

Bottom line, I think these plants are not meant to be life-long (or even summer-long) companions. I always find the leaves that are already present when it's bought to be better than any of the new ones that come along; so maybe it's just a short-term investment.
Yes, this is exactly why I left many leaves on the same branch, yet they still eventually die.
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There is a "conspiracy" that these plants have been injected with "plant cancer" in order for them to die after a week or so.

Wash the dirt of them and give them a nice new fresh pot with dirt. I have been doing this for years and cannot keep up with how fast it grows....
they do need a ton of water though
I had the same thinking, I told myself they must have added a certain chemical just before selling them, so people can't keep them forever, hence continue to buy, but I tried with the Bio ones, thought this should make them chemical free.

Thanks for the tip, just to make sure I got it right, you did this with Basil from Migros or another vendor? i mean washing off the dirt and supplying fresh one?
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Hi

Best to only cut off leaves/parts when you see new sets of small leaves growing. (Sorry for the picture, I hope you can see them). Cut the top off just above the second set of leaves from the ground. Then you're on the safe side.



Some of these pots you can buy are a bit crowded though and you can thin them out a bit. I often cut off the upper parts and place them in a glass of water. After a while they build roots and you can replant them in additional pots or replace dying plants.
Thanks Mari, I will give a try for cutting the top part and placing in a glass of water.
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AFAIK, the idea of herbs in pots, is just a way of ensuring that they stay fresh longer for the consumer to use at home. Once all the leaves are plucked, then you're pflucked.

If you want to perpetuate a herb garden, then you need to buy from Landi or garden centre, and plant out in a window box, or proper soil bed.
I tried cultivating Basil from seeds, but (sigh)... be my guest. I think winter will come before I could even taste it, that is why I thought about a short cut.In the end they should be a plant with full structure, roots, stem and leaves, so "theoretically" if one thins the plant properly it should be able to keep giving leaves, unless they were manipulated some how in order to keep them, as you say, only fresh longer for consumption.
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Re: Basil from Migros, re-growing after harvesting leaves?

The ones I had on the window sill always died from thirst or got mouldy until I bought a pot where you water the lower part only.

It comes with cords that you should dig up into the earth through the holes of the pot, to help the roots suck up as much water as they need. After a while the roots grow down and take over from the cords I guess. The good thing is that there is no need to water it every single day.

But it's probably a good start to replace the earth first as mentioned above.

I try and harvest seeds every year, but you really need to start early if you want to make Pesto some day... not to mention a nice spring. It's much easier to cut off parts and grow roots in a glass of water.
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The ones I had on the window sill always died from thirst or got mouldy until I bought a pot where you water the lower part only.

It comes with cords that you should dig up into the earth through the holes of the pot, to help the roots suck up as much water as they need. After a while the roots grow down and take over from the cords I guess. The good thing is that there is no need to water it every single day.

But it's probably a good start to replace the earth first as mentioned above.

I try and harvest seeds every year, but you really need to start early if you want to make Pesto some day... not to mention a nice spring. It's much easier to cut off parts and grow roots in a glass of water.
Thanks for sharing the info and pics
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Re: Basil from Migros, re-growing after harvesting leaves?

Hi there, they might tell you basil is an easy plant to handle; well it is not. It does not like it very hot or very cold or too much water or to little water. I figured out that instead of buying multiple dying basils in discounters I go for the red leaved brush version that is much hearthier but you find these in garden centers or bigger 'flower' shops.
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Hi there, they might tell you basil is an easy plant to handle; well it is not. It does not like it very hot or very cold or too much water or to little water. I figured out that instead of buying multiple dying basils in discounters I go for the red leaved brush version that is much hearthier but you find these in garden centers or bigger 'flower' shops.
From my own experience, it is definitely not, moreover it seems to be the favorite dish for most many insects and slugs.
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