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Is it worth it to pot little herb plants you can buy at the grocery store?

General    Pennsylvania, USA

This is something I am always wondering when I buy herbs at the grocery store that come in a little bit of potting soil: would it be worth it to put them in a bigger pot? Will they continue growing if I don't harvest too much leaves at once? For instance my favorite: basil. It would be would be wonderful to have a longer lasting supply of that!


Posted by: Charissa (3 points) Charissa
Posted: February 26, 2013




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As the previous users said, yes this does work. And when they are referring to pinching the tops off of the basil, they mean the little flower clusters that appear - pinch them off while they're still green, before they actually blossom into purple flowers. Mint, rosemary, oregano also work well.

The only herb I have personally found basically pointless to grow is cilantro. Unlike basil, which goes on producing all summer, cilantro bolts after just a couple weeks and is then basically leafless. Though you can then allow the seeds to dry on the plant (coriander seeds - useful many styles of cooking) it's a bit of a waste of garden space in my own opinion. I'd prefer to grow herbs that are longer lived.


Posted by: Miriam Stein (5 points) Miriam Stein
Posted: March 1, 2013




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Yep it will definitely work, as long as it looks freshly cut, not all droopy, then plant it up. Basil is one of the easiest things to grow. Just keep pinching the tops off so it doesn't flower and taste bitter. Take off and eat the lower leaves too before they turn yellow.


Posted by: Matt Peoples (7 points) Matt Peoples
Posted: February 26, 2013




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If you pot them up to a larger size, they'll reward you. Matt is right on pinching the tops on basil - do that for a longer supply. However, when they start to eventually get ratty, you can let them go to seed, save the seeds, plant 'em, and start all over again. Basil is an annual, so it's not nearly as long-lived as oregano, rosemary or other perennial herbs.


Posted by: David Goodman (67 points) David Goodman
Posted: February 26, 2013




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