Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [herbs]

For questions about herbs - plants typically used for flavor.

1
vote
1answer
32 views

What are these black and white spotted areas leaves on my basil plant?

My basil has a weird problem that seems to be spreading on the leaves. It's basically white spots that are thinner surrounded by black spots. I tried to find information online but couldn't find ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

White flies / aphids on Parsley and Herbs in Winter

Help needed to confirm if these are indeed whitefly larvae and what I can do. It's October (going into winter here) so I brought my herbs indoors a few weeks ago, only to have this pest. Questions: ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

White mold or insects on magic basil plant

I have these little things all over a magic basil plant and they seem to be spreading to other nearby herbs as welll: They look kind of like insects but they're not moving so it could be some kind of ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

My 3 types of shiso is turning the same color, could it bounce back?

I was at my garden for the first time in 2 weeks, and noticed that my shiso was all the same color, could this be from the week of cloudy conditions, or is it from the weather getting cooler all the ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

Does Tagetes Filifolia transplant well into an indoor window box for the winter?

I have 4 Tagetes Filifolia plants from my community garden, and it smells pleasant enough to keep indoors for a Minnesota winter. Will it transplant well, since it's not likely going to flower before ...
4
votes
2answers
47 views

Plant gel growing medium

I recently found a product (http://www.theartofscience.eu/en/negozio/plantarium-activities-of-botany/plantarium-pet-plants-grow-in-gel/) where plants are grown in a gel soil that's supposed to contain ...
2
votes
1answer
30 views

Why and how do I need to re-pot indoor Basil?

I have read that you need to frequently repot Basil grown indoor. Is that true? Why? What is the recommend repotting?
1
vote
2answers
36 views

What is the difference between two species of salvia?

What is the difference between Salvia officinalis and Salvia sclarea? Painting from Koehler's Medicinal Plants (1887). Salvia officinalis:
3
votes
0answers
26 views

Another poorly bay tree

I don't believe any of the previous sick bay tree questions have shown the same symptoms: large brown patches on some leaves. It's one of two standard bays I've got by the front door, both in pots ...
3
votes
1answer
21 views

Bought this mint pot from Jewel osco 3 days ago. Browning on leaves and stem now

I bought this pot 3 days ago. It receives sunlight everyday the whole morning. I water it morning and afternoon depending how dry the soil is. It is still dying slowly. I cut 1/3 of the mint from the ...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

Rosemary plant yellowing - any hope?

My rosemary plant has gone very yellow and brittle. There are a few green leaves left but not many. Is there any hope?
4
votes
0answers
37 views

Should you prune your sage if you don't need it?

I have a sage that is starting to bush out with multiple branches, but I don't need any yet. Should I prune it back to just a couple inches tall? I plan to transplant it into the home garden this fall ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Can Tagetes filifolia be propagated from cuttings?

Someone wants one of my Tagetes filifolia plants, so I was wondering if I have to grow it from seed, or can I get a plant from a cutting also?
1
vote
1answer
38 views

How to pinch off small harvests from thyme plants?

I am planning on harvesting my thyme. The thyme plants, 7 week-old since planting (seed pod going in a hydroponic system), are short and tiny compared to other herbs. I'd like to harvest some sprigs ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

What do I do with Bay Tree saplings to grow a new tree?

Below is a photo of the saplings growing from my bay tree's roots. I previously posted about this bay tree because I made some bad decisions with it. Probably because of all the stress the tree seems ...
6
votes
2answers
306 views

How to restore wilted cilantro?

I bought a pot of cilantro from the supermarket. After 1 day at home it's now wilted. The soil is moist and the plant is near a sunny window.
3
votes
2answers
41 views

Can Lavender regrow from root (+ little stem)

I've recently ordered lavender young plants (4-5 cm tall) and it took then long time to arrive as a result most of the leaves decayed only leaving them with stems and roots (roots are in good ...
5
votes
2answers
79 views

Pinching vs Pruning

Does pinching (using fingernails) or pruning (using a scissors or shear) affect an indoor houseplant differently ? And which method should I use with herb plants like mint and basil ?
6
votes
1answer
475 views

What are these tiny black things on the tips of my chive seedlings?

I just purchased and transplanted these chive seedlings. They came from the store with these tiny hard black ovoids on about a third of the tips, although I didn't notice until I got home. What are ...
3
votes
1answer
73 views

leggy basil with small leaves

My recently lush windowsill sweet basil has gotten very leggy after having been stressed by underwatering for at least several days (might have been as many as 10). While it was not dead when I got ...
2
votes
1answer
87 views

A single large sunflower among herbs - a good or a bad idea?

My idea is to start no less than a giant sunflower ('Titan', I plan just a single plant) on the northern border of my small herb garden with thyme, salvia, arugula, parsley and such. The reason is to ...
3
votes
2answers
61 views

Are Majorana hortensis and Origanum majorana the same plant?

I have the hardest time figuring out if Majorana hortensis and Origanum majorana are the same plant, or not. Both of these latin names are frequently seen in seed shops and nurseries in my area. Are ...
11
votes
5answers
1k views

Plant recommendation for gift for kindergarten students

My wife is a kindergarten teacher and this year, as an end of year gift for the children, she wanted to give them each a small tomato plant to bring home on the last day of school. She asked me to ...
1
vote
1answer
136 views

Differences between arugula and wild arugula

I grew a wild arugula last year, and was very pleased with the plant. I would like to grow more of it this year, and maybe to add some (non-wild) arugula as well. Is there any notable difference ...
5
votes
1answer
76 views

How much light do I need to grow peppermint indoors?

I want to grow a peppermint plant at my office desk (specifically peppermint because I enjoy the smell). However, my desk is well away from the windows, so natural light will be minimal at best. I'm ...
4
votes
1answer
355 views

Dill, cilantro, and fennel cross pollinating

I've read several conflicting pieces of information on the growing of dill, cilantro, and fennel near one another. I've read that fennel and dill will grow well together and make good companion plants,...
6
votes
2answers
74 views

How closely should herbs be spaced?

Newbie herb planter here who is very confused by all of the different information online about how best to start planting herbs. I have started with the following basic herbs: Basil Oregano ...
4
votes
1answer
74 views

The correct way to prune a rosemary

My garden has been on the backburner for a couple of years and my rosemary is woody and lacking leaves. I'm theoretically growing it to eat, rather than look at, so how best do I encourage soft growth?...
4
votes
1answer
413 views

Basil plants turned completely woody and brown

I grew basil in 2 different containers. I had a huge spider mite problem after I purched Miracle Gro soil in one container. Earlier this year, I harvested all the leaves off completely and leaves grew ...
5
votes
1answer
95 views

Herb identification (Possible Satureja viminea)

Hi I'm developing a plant database for my garden and I'm having trouble identifying this herb. It has a minty taste and I believe I bought it as a mint variety. Here is a close up of so you can see ...
3
votes
1answer
632 views

Red bugs, tiny webs and white powder on Tulsi plant

This is in south India. I purchased a Tulsi plant around 3 months ago from a local seller who told me he also had medicines for plants if I ever needed them. I asked what medicine, and he didn't know. ...
3
votes
1answer
49 views

Help identifying a herb scented similar to thyme in Australia

I've been given a cutting of a herb to grow and it has a similar smell to thyme which I'm using for recipies which need thyme. I'm in Australia, New South Wales and haven't been able to identify it. ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

Books about medical and culinary herb growing and processing [closed]

I planning to start my own medical/culinary growing farm somewhere in the not too far future. I'm on a training at the moment on this subject (I'll get a mid-level exam paper about it that I can use ...
3
votes
1answer
29 views

What are the ideal germination conditions for herbs and leafy greens?

I'm new to home gardening. I just bought Sustainable Seed Company's Herb Collection (Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme) and Mountain Valley Seed Company'...
5
votes
2answers
52 views

Maintaining Moisture in an Above Ground Bed

Brand new to gardening. Recently setup a 3.5'x4' above ground garden with some herbs, peppers, and tomatoes. Ground soil is mostly sand (Living in Orlando, FL). How do I ensure the bed maintains ...
4
votes
0answers
248 views

Why did my cilantro leaves get white and patchy?

I grow my cilantro on my kitchen counter with a grow light above. My cilantro starts out looking lush and green but quickly some leaves start getting white patches. It doesn't seem to kill my plant ...
4
votes
1answer
568 views

Can I plant cilantro with roots on it that I bought in the grocery section of a store?

I bought this cilantro in the grocery department of a large store. As you can see in the picture below, it still has roots attached. (I can post a clearer picture if you want.) Would it start growing ...
12
votes
3answers
2k views

My basil is “rotting”, here's all the clues I have gathered

This is my third try in having a basil that lives more than a month and I've been rather successful with my last try. But now, for some unknown reason to me, it's dying. Here are many pictures of ...
3
votes
2answers
47 views

Organic Gardening: Best Practices

So this is a kind of open-ended question, if it's too broad I'll try to be more specific, or remove the post. Do any of you have good resources for information on organically growing peppers? Do you ...
3
votes
0answers
795 views

Brown spots on herbs - treatment and are they ok to eat?

The leaves on all my garden herbs (mint, sage, oregano, thyme, lemon balm) get yellow-brown speckles from late spring, which by late summer almost entirely cover the leaves. What might this disease (...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

What are these white spots on my Basil Leaves?

My basil plant has some odd white spots on the lower leaves. The upper leaves look like healthy leaves, with only the lower ones being affected. Some pictures of a sample leaf: Any ideas as to what ...
4
votes
1answer
225 views

Non-flowering chives

My chives are doing well, strong and disease free. But they are not flowering! Could mine be a late flowering variety? Is there such a thing? Or maybe a non-flowering variety? Thanks.
4
votes
1answer
76 views

Why does my Basilikum have small leaves?

As you can see, my basilikum plant is quite tall however the leaves are too small. When I bought it a month ago it had really healthy and big leaves. I have cut them to make pesto, and after that ...
1
vote
2answers
99 views

Should I give up on these Dill and Rosemary seeds?

I'm a total amateur to potted plants, as I'm living in my own apartment (in NYC) for the first time and I used to live in a rural area. I bought some flower pots, miracle gro starting/seedling mix, ...
4
votes
2answers
306 views

What is this plant with long thin leaves with red marks?

I need help identifying what type of plant this is. I bought some seed for basil, oregano, parsley, etc. and this grew among them. I was wondering what it could be? I live near Toronto if that may ...
3
votes
1answer
146 views

What is eating my bay plant?

I have a young bay tree in a pot, which I received from my parents. It lives outside on a South-East Facing balcony. For a long time after my parents gave it to me (maybe 8 months ago?) it didn't ...
5
votes
2answers
925 views

Furry mint taking over my yard?

Probably 8 ish years ago my husband planted an herb garden but over the years it has become overgrown. This spring though, a plant that smells exactly like mint and after tasting a small amount of one ...
3
votes
2answers
598 views

What variety is my mint plant/why does my tea taste grassy?

I bought my mint plant from M&S in the UK in a pot, i've had it about a week and plan to re pot it into a larger pot in about a week where it will be permanently outside on a roof terrace (though ...
3
votes
2answers
255 views

When to cut chives for drying, and can I separate them?

Should I wait until my chives have bloomed to cut them for or can I cut them anytime? Will the taste be different? I'm growing them in a small terracotta pot inside. They're small but I read online to ...
4
votes
3answers
335 views

Need help on basics for growing herbs and vegetables in pots

I haven't bought the pots as yet, but I wanted to know how should I plant oregano, basil, parsley, mint, (maybe some other herbs) and cherry tomato, chili peppers and garlic. Should I have a small ...