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    Thelma Sanders is offline Gardening Guru
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    At 10p, even if you only used a few leaves before it died - then you had your moneysworth, plus a pot to use again
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    I think supermarket herbs are definitely worth buying when they grow in pots, but they do need to be bought at peak health and split up immediately, I find, if you want them to live long term. they're so densely packed in those pots, it's no wonder they die.

    I have zero luck with germinating parsley, flatleaved or otherwise, so supermarket herbs have saved the day. I still have two healthy specimen of curly parsley outside.

    And I really don't think parsley likes light. The one plant in almost constant shade is doing much better than the other, that gets sun part of the day.

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    I have struggled to grow herbs from seed apart from Basil. I don’t buy herbs from supermarkets but I have had success with buying herb plants from garden centres, keeping them in the greenhouse then putting them in the ground when it is warm enough. This has worked with parsley, sage, mint and rosemary. All are still in the ground and doing fine although sage has died back a bit. Might be worth trying to grow with a better quality plant rather than supermarket ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marb67 View Post
    For basil that has worked for me is to buy shop bought and cut the tops off to sprout in water. They have always been successful. Much better than sowing from seed even.

    The parsley was one of the many bargains at a supermarket reduced to 10p but in good condition at the time.
    I saw this suggested on a thread last year. Very successful, got some decent plants. I find basil doesn't do well for me inside, but my new wee plants grew well all summer in my cold frame. I had an invasion of giant green slugs in the cold frame but they never touched them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annie8 View Post
    I have struggled to grow herbs from seed apart from Basil. I don’t buy herbs from supermarkets but I have had success with buying herb plants from garden centres, keeping them in the greenhouse then putting them in the ground when it is warm enough. This has worked with parsley, sage, mint and rosemary. All are still in the ground and doing fine although sage has died back a bit. Might be worth trying to grow with a better quality plant rather than supermarket ones.
    I grow my mint in pots as it is a huge thug in the ground. My mum was a very keen gardener, and told me she rued the day she planted out her mint as it ran through every other plant ever after. I love mint, so a big pot in a sunny spot next to a seat gives a lovely scent, especially spearmint. Nice to eat too of course!

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    Yes mint can be a thug. Great for mohitos though. I plant in the ground but keep in it’s pot. That way it doesn’t take over.
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    The remains look as if the plants should have been thinned out a lot.

    I take mine out of pot, give them a good soak to soften rootball, tease individual plants out and pot them up in 9mm pots and eventually plant out. Parsley is hardy. More than enough to cover a good row and have lots left over.

    If you've a street market keep an eye open. At times 9mm pots of herbs like sage,various mint etc for 1.50. Lot cheaper than garden centre.

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    I often buy supermarket herbs and plant them out, but only in spring/summer.

    I have about 20 clumps of chives from two supermarket plants two years ago and three oregano plants in pots (one from each of the last 3 years) still going strong. The greek basil only lasts a year, as expected, though.

    I think it must be the time of year you do it. I wouldn't buy them in february.
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