Questions tagged [herbs]

For questions about herbs - plants typically used for flavor. For questions about specific herbs use this tag along with the appropriate herb tag like [basil], [mint], [rosemary] and more.

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Sweetness of raw stevia leaves?

This may sound like a no-brainer to those who have stevia plants, but here goes. My question is, can I rub the leaves of a mature stevia plant with my fingers and then taste intense sweetness on my ...
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Snail control using biodynamic or ecofriendly solutions

I have recently built and planted a few box gardens with various herbs and vegetables, however, I am having issues with snails. I was told that magnolia flowers are a good natural repellent but they ...
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Can I take cuttings out of a second year parsley plant and plant it as new?

I have a parsley plant that managed to survive the winter. Since this second year is it's last, I'd like to plant a new one for the next two years. I was wondering if I can take a cutting from my ...
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Saving My Large Basil Plant - Help?

I have a seven-year-old basil plant which is about 5 feet tall. I accidentally burned all the leaves spraying with the wrong spray bottle. Although the tree was doing well after all the leaves dropped,...
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Herb identification

I received a dried herb from amazon that I didn't order. I have many packages at the moment so my boyfriend opened and trew the packaging thinking is just another one that came. I cannot send it back ...
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Why is my cilantro seedlings stem so long and barely any leaves? And How can i make it grow nicely?

I have included a picture of different pots i used to plant my cilantro/ coriander. It has been 3 weeks since germination and planting. I added some dried grass mulch so that it doesn't grow too long ...
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Help to identify this weed? Growing in outside veggie pot, used to be strawberry plant. Smells like mint

Just need help to identify this. Is it a weed or? It is growing in a pot that I had a strawberry plant in last summer and it has a minty smell to it.
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Does my basil have fusarium wilt?

my basil has browning leaves and a dark stem and Im worried it has fusarium wilt! I only bottom water it every time it droops and keep it beside a semi sunny windowsill. It does live in a not so well ...
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Why does my basil have brown edges, yellowy spots, and split ends?

There seem to be all sorts of problems with my basil but I can't figure the cause of it. I've had it for a few weeks after buying it at the grocery store and it's been through a bit. I transplanted it ...
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Dried herb identification - is it sage?

I bought this herb today under the pretense of it being white sage. I've been investigating images of white sage variations since returning home and haven't been able to confirm if it is really white ...
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How to prevent rotting of Holy Basil when propagating with water?

So I'm propagating Holy Basil from cuttings. I take a nodal area cut and prune the leaves except for the top ones and dip them in water for about a week or two. The top leaves do not touch the water. ...
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Identify Plant Herb

Does anyone know what plant this is? I think it may be a type of basil but it has no distinctive smell. Has dandelion-like parachute type seeds. May be a weed.
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Why are 2 rosemary plants in the same potters getting woody at a very different pace

I recently bought a couple rosemary arp plants and have them in my mini indoor greenhouse. Ive been noticing that one of them is turning woody at a much faster pace whereas the other has almost all ...
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Phenominal Lavender is dying, really need help

I am not really sure what is happening with my Phenomenal Lavender. Bought this from Home Depot and I was told it was a transplant shock but a month later, it is getting worse. Leaves are turning grey/...
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Why are my hydroponic herbs turning purple after changing fertilizer?

I replaced my depleted liquid Aerogarden fertilizer with 3-3-2 AgroThrive Organic General Purpose Liquid Fertilizer. I maintained the same feeding regimen: two capfuls every two weeks. My herbs are ...
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Sage wilting after transplanting

After transplanting nine sage seedlings outside a week ago, all but one have wilted and almost died. They all looked healthy, about two inches tall. Strangely, the one that lives on is in the corner ...
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What’s wrong with basil plant?

I have an albahaca plant in my rooftop that I water daily. We’re in the Caribbean and it receives full (very strong) sun when the sun’s setting (it’s behind a wall). I’ve noticed that the leaves are ...
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Optimal hydroponic nutrient solutions for different herbs

I'm planning to grow different herbs hydroponically: basil, sage, mint and thyme. I would like for the nutrient solutions for each herb to be the closest possible to the optimum. For basil I found ...
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Spotty looking perilla plant

I have several perilla/shiso plants grown from a batch of seeds. Right now all of them look spotty and yellowish rather than deep green like those you get from stores. Is this a disease or are they ...
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dried herb identification

Asking for my mom. My mom picked in the garden some kind of "bushy" herb/spice, dried it and now does not remember anymore what it is, but she thinks it may be dill. Can you help identify it?...
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Is if safe to use this insecticide (d-Allethrin, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide) on my edible herbs?

I've got a fly (the small kind) infestation in some of my herbs. Is it safe to use this insecticide on edible herb plants? Here is the product composition: d-Allethrin 0.08% Permethrin ...
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Why does my rosemary stop giving out a fragrant?

I bought a rosemary plant in a 15cm pot from a nursery last Sunday. It was enclosed inside a big plastic bag when I cycled it home. I could smell the fragrance when opened the plastic bag once in a ...
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Identify five basil-like herbs [closed]

Are these basils? If so, what kinds? (When there is more than one kind of plant in a picture, I'm asking about the one in the center.) Thank you.
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What are the tiny black dots on my basil?

I repotted my basil plant yesterday as it was in a small seedling bag. Today when I checked on my plant, all of the leaves even the small ones that are growing, had black dots all over. Please help I’...
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Cutting of Cinnamon Basil

Usually Basil is cut before it blooms in order to get a more bushy plant. This is my first year in which I'm trying Cinnamon Basil (in Central Europe). I always wanted to try it as it's famous for it'...
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Help! Tiny black eggs on thyme stem

I wonder if gardening gurus here can help? The thyme plant I bought from the garden centre has tiny little black dots all along the stems, though the leaves all look untouched and the plant seems ...
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New herbs turning brown. Need rescue

I'm super new to having plants/gardening. 4 days ago (as of writing), I purchased a set of herbs online from a seller just a city over. Here they are when they arrived: Now though, they're starting ...
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why my 4 weeks old indoor coriander and garlic chives falling apart?

I have started growing coriander and garlic chives on port inside house. Till four weeks after planting ,every thing grows well. but now I found all branches look very week and cannot stand firmly and ...
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What is this pest on my oregano?

I recently bought an oregano plant at the supermarket. Today I noticed that one stalk is brown (presumably dead) and covered with some kind of pest, see picture below. The white spots don't seem to ...
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I'm trying to identify this herb

I've tried other websites and there's no exact lookalike plant. There're countless plants that look similar but I've never seen leaves that look exactly the same. The stem is fuzzy and square like the ...
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Can I convert a root cellar into a small greenhouse?

We barely use our root cellar at the moment and are in the midst of constructing garden beds and planters for vegetables, fruits, and herbs. We don’t really have a great space indoor for growing ...
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Is it normal for rosemary leaves to have these brown spots on them?

I've had these brown spots appear on leaves that have matured, but they seem to not have any effect on the plant as my rosemary keeps on growing. I would like to know if they are some sort of fungal ...
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Herbs/Salads going purple in soil

I planted these herbs and salads a week ago in soil. The leaves of some (mint, sage, rocket) are turning purple. Bit of a newbie question but any advice welcome! Have been watering daily. Thanks
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Lavender (angustifolia) not handling the full sun well

I started these English Lavender from seed and they've been doing well a week or two after germination. Now that they have about 6-8 true leaves, whenever the sun is out, especially on a cloudless day,...
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What's eating my plants?

New gardener here. I saw little holes in my basil, bean, and epazote leaves. What's eating them, and how can I get rid of these pests? Obviously spraying something on the leaves is less than ideal for ...
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How to make well-drained sandy soil from potting mix?

I want to plant sage, which is said to grow best in well-drained "sandy soil". I bought some potting mix from the hardware store. Is off-the-shelf potting mix already sandy, well drained soil? ...
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How should I stop my cilantro plant from falling over?

We’ve had this cilantro plant growing around the beginning of this year, it’s doing the best out of all the herbs growing at my house. However, recently it’s started to fall over, I’ve tried giving it ...
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is fresh oregano supposed to be pungent?

I've grown my oregano from seed, on the seed packet it said "Origanum Vulgare" (italian), and this is how it looks now: it also makes purple flowers as shown in oregano pictures online. But I was ...
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Are fenugreek, mushroom herb the same thing?

I just bought a pack of fenugreek seeds. The seller site labels them as "mushroom herb" and "fenugreek", but they came in a packet with Cyrillic letters and a sticker with English instruction to grow "...
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How will I revive my peppermint plant

Please help. My plants look like this today. Yesterday it's healthy
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How important are companion plants in community gardens

My partner and I will be getting involved with our first community garden this year (with a number of policies to ensure safe social distancing, of course). Having never really done gardening before, ...
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Please help me ID this plant

We have a plant that looks like it belongs to the mint family, but it doesn't fully fit in as one single type. It smells similar to lemon balm, but sweetly grassy.otherwise it looks similar to some ...
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Herb garden without direct sun. Which herbs can I grow? (incl. image)

What I would like to do I would like to create a little herb garden in a raised bed underneath the stairs which are seen in the image (shot in the evening). As there won't be any direct sun to this ...
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Parsley in a jar - looks miserable and sick

Yesterday (Apr 9) I bought a fresh tuft of parsley at the supermarket, packed in a paper cone with its roots still wet. Never seen before, they claim it would stay fresh if properly treated. So, ...
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Ordered Rosemary online a week ago and the plant looks dead

I ordered a Rosemary plant last week and just received it today. I live in a tropical region so it is usually sunny and humid. We opened the box and were surprised to see that the leaves were darkened....
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Can I get decent growth from turmeric doing no dig in USDA zone 4a?

I'm thinking about doing no dig turmeric in a wood chip bed that has moisture about 1 foot down, and was wondering if I should be successful growing turmeric growing in a wood chip bed I inoculated ...
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Help identifying species of vegetable garden pest

I am having trouble determining what type of pest has invaded my vegetable garden. It has started with the bok choy and is working its way toward the peppers and herbs. Please advise.
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Phototropism on rosemary plant

Do rosemary plants exhibit phototropism? I bought a rosemary plant from a nursery with its woody stem not perpendicular to the soil surface (about 50 deg between the soil and the stem). While its ...
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What is this pest on an indoor mint plant, and how can I stop it coming back?

I recently planted a mint plant purchased from a supermarket in some houseplant potting soil. It's been on a windowsill in the kitchen. In the last week it's acquired some sort of pest which I've ...
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Would LEDs be beneficial for most plants?

I'm trying to grow the following indoors: Lambs lettuce Purple Coneflower Thyme Dill Bergamot I'm having a hard time getting things to grow with fertilized soil and sunlight by windows, I'm ...
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