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Re: Anyone good at growing herbs? need help!

First time in my life I`ve owned an Orchid plant and didn`t know how to care for it without getting too technical and studying Google for hours, so asked my old Swiss m-in-law. She said once a week fill the pot with water and let it soak for about an hour, then take the little pot out, let it drain, and reinsert in outer pot.

Hey presto ..... flowers all the time, well almost all the time. Been going well now for over a year.

Except now it has long roots growing OUTSIDE the pot! What does one do with those when they hit table top level?
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Re: Anyone good at growing herbs? need help!

For *cough* herbs, get the Migros tomato soil and birds or chicken guano (Hühnermist).
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Re: Anyone good at growing herbs? need help!

I've successfully grown basil in a variety of climates across several continents... yet mine fails here.

I think the problem is that our weather is so variable - we seem to spring from one extreme to the other in short space of time. Basil seems above all to dislike change.

Or sumfin'.


I just add the cost of a new plant every few weeks to my grocery budget. Can't live without fresh basil, but I struggle to keep it happy here.

By the bye - Strauchbasil, the woodier plant, is less fussy. Good for use in cooking, but (to my taste) not for eating raw in salads - a bit tough.
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No, seriously. Look it up if you don't believe me (link).
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First time in my life I`ve owned an Orchid plant and didn`t know how to care for it without getting too technical and studying Google for hours, so asked my old Swiss m-in-law. She said once a week fill the pot with water and let it soak for about an hour, then take the little pot out, let it drain, and reinsert in outer pot.

Hey presto ..... flowers all the time, well almost all the time. Been going well now for over a year.

Except now it has long roots growing OUTSIDE the pot! What does one do with those when they hit table top level?
Congrats, your orchid has outgrown its current apartment

Repot in a bigger pot.

There are be plenty of vids and howto, look for one that fits your orchid. This lady mentions some interesting background info, though the remark on distilled water can ignored around here, unless perhaps if you have (very) hard tap water.
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Re: Anyone good at growing herbs? need help!

I bought a window box yesterday! Will shop for soil and plants next week!

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First time in my life I`ve owned an Orchid plant and didn`t know how to care for it without getting too technical and studying Google for hours, so asked my old Swiss m-in-law. She said once a week fill the pot with water and let it soak for about an hour, then take the little pot out, let it drain, and reinsert in outer pot.

Hey presto ..... flowers all the time, well almost all the time. Been going well now for over a year.

Except now it has long roots growing OUTSIDE the pot! What does one do with those when they hit table top level?
I was told the orchid needs 2 ice cubes (or melted ice cunes) on it every 2 days...
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Re: Anyone good at growing herbs? need help!

I now have two types of basil, moroccan mint, chives, cilantro and oregano. What is the best way of harvesting them? Should I prune from the top, or the sides? Cut at the leaf, or the bottom of the stem? Someone told me not to let them flower, how they are no longer good after flowering. Is it the same for all herbs, or only some?
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