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I recently took in a nearly dead basil plant from a friend. The stems were elongated and dark with only the leaves looking healthy.

My recent observation has been bees surrounding the soil of this particular plant even though it is not in a flowering stage.

I wonder if it's not to late to revive this plant but I am more curios as to why the bees are surrounding this plant in the first place. Even though I live in a desert region of the middle east, I still think that perhaps my soil's moisture content might be attracting the bees.

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    Some species of wild bees in the UK collect the bark from plant stems for building their nests, just like wasps do. Maybe your bees are doing that. – alephzero Jun 26 '20 at 19:51

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