Growing Tips for Herbs: Why Is My Basil Dying?

| 3/3/2009 4:49:31 PM

StephanieQ: Why are my herbs dying?   

A: Many readers have called and written our office with a common frustration: Why are my herbs dying? Here at The Herb Companion, we thought everyone would be interested in the answer.

Although finding a cure varies for each herb, I’ll do my best to touch upon common herbs and their growing conditions in this series. I will cover basil (Ocimum basilicum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), mint (Mentha spp.) and lavender (Lavandula spp.) and on the final posting, I will take requests from readers about which herbs to address. Comment with your requests at the end of each blog post!   

Herbs can die for many reasons; a few being location, exposure to sun, amount of water and pests. Basil is an annual herb that is hardy and easy to cultivate. That being said, I’ve had my fair share of dead basil plants. 

7/19/2015 10:45:08 AM

nice post.. thanks for sharing..

12/23/2014 6:25:39 AM

Hi, I'm having a problem keeping my basil alive. I bought it from Asda and re-potted it into a bigger pot. I've kept it int he window sill. And I water it every 2/3 days but the leaves still keep wilting. Maybe it's because we don't get sunlight during the winter months but I'm not sure what to do to keep the plant alive. Please help! Thanks.

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