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How to take care of basil?

Last Saturday at the farmers' market the kids all got a free basil plant. Well... how do I keep it alive?! I've been keeping the soil moist but I'm thinking maybe too much because the leaves are drooping.
What does it need from me?

 
Nicoles2LilRams

Asked by Nicoles2LilRams at 1:40 PM on May. 10, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • They like full sun & water only when the soil gets dry. Put it in a big pot outside & it will grow huge. When little white flowers appear on the tips, pinch back & remove with your fingers & it will promote more leaf growth.
    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:42 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Exactly what the 1st poster said. I grow it every spring/summer and have fresh pesto in the summer.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 1:52 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Thank you!
    Nicoles2LilRams

    Comment by Nicoles2LilRams (original poster) at 1:48 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • What the first poster said! =)
    Samanthamommy

    Answer by Samanthamommy at 2:51 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • The plant may be over-stressed. But you can try planting it and see if it will revive.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 5:26 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • What the 1st poster said
    Ashlynnsmommy07

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 7:43 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • don't over water.
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 9:46 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Sun!
    sstepph

    Answer by sstepph at 2:35 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • no idea... sun!
    asil

    Answer by asil at 11:56 PM on May. 13, 2011

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