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Growing Mint. Do I need to keep the sol moist all the time?

I got a mint herb in a pretty dried state so very few of the leaves are left. I planted it in a pot, and I think the plant has rooted. I searched few stuff online about mint and found that it is a ...
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Why did this sage plant die?

UK climate, planted in July Standard John Innes potting soil Not watered, just catches the rain from the balcony, has drainage holes in the bottom of the container the balcony is shaded by the trees, ...
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What's wrong with this basil plant's leaves?

Bought this basil about 2 weeks ago. It dried out a lot so I gave it a good soak by putting it in a pan full of water so the water would go up from the bottom. Now the ends of some leaves have gone ...
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Reduce Waste | Starting Herb Garden from left over Herb Sprigs

Inspired by User 23550's answer on this question in Seasoned Advice, where they suggested: Instead of drying the cilantro, why not just plant the other half in good potting mix? You won't have to ...
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Will purple giant hyssop resprout branches from the stalk?

My Giant purple hyssop split in the stem, and tipped over. Will it regrow new branches from the stub it's on?
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How to prevent rot when growing herbs in just water

I've read that it's possible to grow herbs like mint and basil in just jars of water, and articles like this and this seem to suggest that rooted cuttings can thrive in just water for a long time (the ...
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Should roots of old herbs be removed?

When I recently replaced an herb (by a different kind of herb) in a pot that didn't grow sufficiently anymore, I found that quite a large portion of the soil was held tightly by the many small roots ...
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What kind of echinacea is that?

I got this echinacea on a flower fair, and I was told this is just “echinacea”. Howerer, I notice it is different than regular Echinacea purpurea: It has double layer of “petals”, and also petals are ...
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What kind of echinacea is this?

I got this echinacea from a small nursery that could not tell me the exact latin and cultivar name of this species, except that they got seeds by a special order from abroad. To their credit, I had ...
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Rosemary turning yellow

I've moved the rosemary to this pot a month ago, and where I live, the temperature is around 28-30 degrees celsius these days and usually i water them on a daily basis. Everything looks just fine and ...
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Summer vegetable garden in SoCal

I know there already is a question answered about which crops to grow in the late summer (August): Late summer vegetable garden in SoCal?. But I'm wondering if there are recommendations for crops to ...
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How much water do Acmella oleracea need?

My buzz buttons (Acmella oleracea) aren't looking very healthy, so I'm wondering how much water the plant really needs to be healthy.
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Will growing Toothache Plant (Spilanthes) in an area that holds onto moisture under wood chips be OK?

I've heard that Spilanthes are susceptible to root rot, and my garden is sandy, but likes to hold onto moisture. Will it be fine if it gets a little bit of moisture staying in the soil?
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Do herbs & spices need dark time, in order to develop flavors and nutrients?

When you grow cannabis indoor, it is considered beneficial, to have lights turned on up to 24h / day, during the "grow" phase. While this would prevent blooming, it is beneficial for building plant ...
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Will Sage, Oregano and Thyme grow well together in the same pot?

I bought three herbs -- Sage, Oregano and Thyme -- from a grocery store each at a height of roughly 3-5 inches. I'd like to plant them in the same pot. Will they grow well together? This article ...
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Adjusting recommended sunlight hours depending on region and radiation level?

I have land in India (the tropics), in the hills, on a slope from 6800 feet - 5200 ft altitude (roughly). At that lowest point there's a stream of about 10-15m across. Generally my entire land is a ...
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Rue and cats/dogs

Is it true that rue (Ruta graveolens) is a cat and dog repellent? I read the question "Planting to deter cats", but rue is not mentioned.
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vacation care for indoor plants

I recently bought self-watering pots. Currently, I am using it for Rosemary. But, is it even a good idea to use self-watering pots for indoor herbs? Which plants or herbs are good for self-watering ...
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Drying Oregano and Mint

I went for a vacation of 4 days and when I came back I found my Oregano drooping. Before going I watered it very, but, still it didn't work. Same happened with my mint as well. Both the plants are ...
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Coriander legging

Should I continue growing this potted coriander now that it has started legging? I maybe have started too early in the winter and the sun just wasn’t plentiful enough.
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Will creeping thyme kill off tall grass?

I am looking to plant some creeping thyme on the edge of tall grass to keep it out of the garden, and am wondering if it will be able to push back against 4' tall grass bordering the garden.
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What is a good replacement for Click & Grow “Smart Soil”?

I was given the 9-pod click & grow (https://www.clickandgrow.com/) as a gift, shipped to Australia. Somehow it made it past customs and I've started the growth cycle for the starter pack of seeds, ...
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Creeping thyme has no fragrance

I bought some creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum), specifically labelled "pink chintz" and it has virtually no fragrance, even when I crush it between my fingers. You have to inhale so deeply to even ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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:
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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,...
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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 ...
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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?...
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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 ...