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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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What is wrong with my parsley? (in flowerpot, leaves dying - first dots then entire ones)

Plant is indoor, but in place with a lot of light, Eastern exposure with buildings blocking only small part of it (maybe too much of it?). Windows are covered by something that supposedly is UV screen....
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What can I do to make my mint more minty and way less bitter?

My mint just came back up and is already coarse and bitter. How can I make it less so?
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Herbal Plant identification

This plant is growing in what is supposed to be a herb garden. Can someone help me identify it? Southeaster PA, USA End of April Update: Beginning of June
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Why are my chives turning brown on the tips of their leaves?

I grow chives in a pot. In the last few weeks, it grew dramatically. However, in the last days I noticed that the tips of the leaves turned brown. What could it be? Some type of disease? Lack of ...
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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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Can indoor mint grow all-year round?

I'm growing mint in a flowerpot, and it's been growing fine all summer but now it seems to be fading a bit, some leaves turning yellow/brown and falling off. Is that simply because I didn't water it ...
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What plant could I grow to and safely consume to stimulate muscle growth? [closed]

Plants are often used for precursors to many pharmicuticals (i.e. Big Tooth Aspin bark to treat rheumatism and fevers), and want to grow my muscles, so I was wondering if you were adding 1 plant to ...
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Dry herb identification

Hi all! I bought this at the local farmers market from a little old lady in the sub-tropical part of Turkey, I think the lady said it was St. John's Wort but it doesn't looks like the photos online. ...
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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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What's wrong with my arugula - yellow/pink leaves

I planted my arugula roughly 6 weeks ago and the small plants were growing very nice and fast. During the last weeks, however, their leaves turned yellow/pink with white spots (maybe mold?) on them. ...
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I need help with keeping a bell pepper and sweet mint healthy and alive

Recently I got two plants from a store; they were a bell pepper and a sweet mint but the bell peppers leaves are drooping and the some of the mint plants leaves are dry and a bit brown. I'm in an RV ...
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Black/Brown Basil

After noticing a few Japanese beetles on my basil plants, I used the recommended dish soap and water solution and sprayed the plants. All 3 of them turned black or brown within a day or so. I cut ...
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My Basil plant is not happy on my windowsill

So recently, I bought a basil plant for a recipe. I placed it on my windowsill in the sunlight as expected. Watered it like instructed. It wilted. 😑 So I moved it to my sink and now its thriving. I ...
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Having a hard time keeping a rosemary herb alive

I have a small rosemary herb that I bought at a grocery store. When I bought it, it was healthy and vibrant but since then it has been a struggle to keep it alive. I mist it, keep it in sunlight and ...
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Identification: which species of Allium is this?

I am trying to identify this Allium. It was present in our garden when we moved in. It grows well every year, but then the tops fall over and die by early Summer without flowering. Numerous other ...
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I need help analyzing a soil test result for a tomato and herb garden

I attached a photo of the soil results. I have a raised bed with tomatoes, and herbs, basil, rosemary, and oregano. I see the nitrogen is low so I will be adding Burpee Organic Blood Meal. Many of the ...
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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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Is it time to thin these cilantro seedlings?

I planted 2 cilantro seeds in the same bed a few weeks ago... now I've got 3 distinct seedlings coming up in close proximity. I want to grow the cilantro for culinary use and planted multiple seeds ...
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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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What are the best conditions for basil?

What are the best conditions for basil to grow? I live in the UK and it never seems to last that long. Recently I've been putting the plants in the shade and drenching them in water, which seems to be ...
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Snail control using biodynamic or eco-friendly 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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What nutrient solution is best for hydroponic basil?

What hydroponic nutrient solution is best for growing basil? I'd prefer to know what characteristics to look for rather than a particular brand or product.
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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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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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Why is my lemon verbena growing flat?

My container-planted lemon verbena is growing nicely and providing a lot of green leaves, however, it keeps growing very flat instead of tall, to the point that the branches often touch the ground. Is ...
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Can Tarragon, Cinnamon basil, Rosemary, Spring onion, Chives and Parsley, be grown together?

I have a small planter that I wish to fill with different herb plants for cooking purposes. The plants I am looking to purchase are Tarragon, Cinnamon basil, Rosemary, Spring onion, Chives and Parsley....
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What are uses for lemongrass seeds

We have a huge lemongrass bush that went to seed. Before triming and harvesting the leaves and stalks I cut off and bagged all of the seeds. Now i have a couple pounds of seeds. I find nothing ...
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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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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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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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Is it OK to plant flowering plants near my herb garden?

I have mint, tarragon, sweet basil etc. Beside is another plot for different kinds of roses and daises. Then the roses started to lose leaves or have bites on the leaves. Do the herbs attract insects ...
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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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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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Is this parsley plant too advanced to be salvaged for use with cooking

I have a parsley plant (in its second year), and I think it has 'bolted'?, so it not really producing lush green stalks that I can use for cooking. Can I salvage it? Or is it too far gone?
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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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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 use landscape fabric in a raised bed?

We just moved into a home that had three existing garden beds. We're using them for vegetables. Next year I was thinking of building a new and smaller bed to use for herbs. I saw a video from Lowe'...
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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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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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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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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 what ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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