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Basil plants from the supermarket

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Abitrary, 16 Dec 2007.

  1. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Why is they are always so fresh and verdant in the shop? You take care of them from the moment of purchase, let them sit in the passenger seat of the car on the way home, tell them imaginary stories about your Dad being a Mod in the 1960s beating up Rockers on the beach in Brighton.

    Cradle it like some herby holy ark, from car to kitchen. But the minute you set it down on the kitchen sink window sill...

    The leaves wilt, then turn black, then fall off, all in the space of a minute, you stare and cry, and you've got nothing to put on your bizgetty bolognaise.

    Why? WHY?
     
  2. col

    col Veteran

    One of lifes mysteries;)Or not as well looked after by the shop as you thought :smile:
     
  3. Oddly enough, I've found the same thing with all supermarket "growing" herbs. The only one I've ever had that thrived for weeks and weeks was the one I bought for my lorry when I had a job which involved living in the cab for a week at a time. I kept it on the dashboard and used it to cook with and it was quite happy. But when the company went bust and I cleared out my cab and took the plant home, within two days it had died.:smile:
     
  4. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Do you think they need human company?
     
  5. Maybe. Although I suspect it also liked the greenhouse style environment caused by the acres of windscreen, and the regular watering regime.
     
  6. Mine used to die too until I started standing them in water rather than watering from above.
     
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    I too was unsuccessful in keeping my herbs alive for more than a day after purchase!
    So now, when I need a few leaves of Basil, mint, rosemary, thyme etc. I just pluck a few leaves from the plant and put them in my pocket :smile:, and try not to look too guilty when I'm at the check-out! :evil:
     
  8. Lardyboy

    Lardyboy New Member

    Ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh you naughty, naughty person. It's you that's doing it when I'm looking at suspiciously thin leaved fresh herbs in the supermarket! :smile:
     
  9. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Play them rock and roll and show them pictures of old British motorcycles.

    Trying to impress anything with stories of being a 'mod' is doomed to failure. What on earth would they find inspiring about a bunch of effeminate, ponsey dressed clothes models riding machines designed to be convenient for Italian women in skirts.

    Your Basil is dying of shame. You're getting it confused with coriander or dill.
     
  10. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I have the same problem with Coriander, but never Basil, well at least during the warmer months.
    I buy 1 plant in spring and with a bit of outdoor TLC it lasts all summer and well into Autumn if warm enough.
     
  11. buddha

    buddha Veteran

    This last week, all of my herbs died. Despite being in a warm, south facing conservatory.
    Although I did notice a pungent aroma in the vicinity. So maybe the cat peed on themxx(
     
  12. Pete

    Pete Guest

    We have been keeping a succession of basil plants - all bought from the supermarket (T**cos if you must know) - on the kitchen window-sill, for some years now: each one lasts several months and provides a plentiful and healthy crop of herbs.

    They like being well-watered but never water from above: stand the pot in a small bowl and add water to the bowl beneath - once or twice a day.

    Oh, and another big difference with ...
    ... I bring mine home on the bike! :smile: Usually possible to wedge the pot upright somewhere at the top of the pannier, so that the leaves don't get crushed.
     
  13. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Oh - and, of course, we put quite a lot of basil* in the ratatouille...

    *about 9 minutes into the clip.
     
  14. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    Aha, cheers. I was wondering why a big puddle appeared underneath immediately when watering from above
     
  15. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    I bought a parsley planty thing in Tescos last spring. By May it was in danger of taking over my entire "herb garden" so we split, and it did the same again:ohmy: I think it was probably cross-cultivated with that Japenese Bindweed stuff:wacko: