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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 (...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What disease is affecting this rosemary?

My rosemary has been looking like this since last summer. It's currently getting worse. New leafs (if it develops any) soon have these white little spots on it. What disease is this? Maybe false ...
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Will a basil seedling regrow after its leaves were eaten?

I planted purple basil a couple of months ago; its true leaves were beginning to develop but a slug (I'm guessing) devoured all the leaves from the seedlings. The stems are present so will it still ...
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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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Is cilantro a perennial?

I am going to plant cilantro this year and I am not sure if it will come back every year. I know a lot of herbs do, but I have never planted cilantro or parsley. I have looked for a answer to this ...
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How to save my ill-cared for bay leaf tree?

This potted bay leaf sits on my deck and doesn't look too good. I'm not even sure what's going on- I know we got a lot of rain in San Francisco the past 10 months... Too much or too little sun? Maybe ...
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What would cause pale patches and little brown spots on my Lemon Balm leaves?

There are pale patches and little brown spots on the leaves of my lemon balm plant. Here are two pictures. Source Source Source I recently transferred it from a six inch to a twelve inch pot. In ...
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Can all plants grow inside all year round?

I live in an apartment and both the entire south-east and the north-west sides are huge windows, so I have lots of light coming in (I think I have about 6h 40m on the shortest day of the year). I ...
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How should I remove the wild greenery in my pots before transplanting flowers or herbs?

I have five big concrete pots with soil in them. Some have wild greenery of some kind and the others have moss. Should I just till the soil and turn the surface over, or should I do something to ...
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A dark blight is eating my Basil. What to do?

As you can see, the leaves are gradually eaten by some gray/dark dry blight. I have absolutely no idea what it is.
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What herbs would grow well in a roof garden in KwaZulu-Natal?

I live in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa which is an area with a hot summer climate and frosty winters. I have a bare concrete roof above my room (with access) and want to turn it into a herb garden. ...
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Is my ginger stem too thin?

I placed my ginger indoors beside a window, and they started growing. Some grew really fast, and some hardly at all. Why is this the case? Also, are their stems too weak/thin? I used a pair of wooden ...
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Why are my mint plants getting brown weak stem feels they are dying

I planted my mint plant from a stem and within 15 days new leaves were seen for which I was happy but in next 7 days the stems started turning brown and seems falling toward earth. What's the reason ...
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What is this white flowered purslane lookalike from South Florida?

My wife found some purslane on her daily walk and brought some home for the garden. We also have another weed growing in the backyard that seems to be purslane as well, but it lacks branching stems ...
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Minty smelling plant with white and pink flowers

This plant is growing in my garden and when the leaves are rubbed it smells minty. Can anyone identify it?
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What are the light brown spots on coriander leaves?

In the last 2 days I noticed there are light brown spots all over my coriander leaves. It's in a pot placed by the window. I live in Singapore so it's sunny throughout the year. The patches and spots ...
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Why is my lemon verbena showing signs of distress?

I acquired a lemon verbena earlier in the year. I have been cutting sprigs for culinary purposes. In recent weeks, it has begun to look sad, i.e. wilting leaves, appearing spindly. Is this to be ...
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