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    Default Another shop bought herb bites the dust

    Why oh why oh why do I end up with a dead shop bought potted herb despite doing all the right things to nurture it ? I had a very healthy flat leaf parsley from Tesco. Didn't pick it much, potted on in good compost and in kitchen window (with other plants) that has been newly double glazed. Didn't over water but got white mold growing at base of plant. Cleared dead foliage and mold, sprinkled with cinnamon powder (which apparently stops fungus growth) and sure enough it goes limp, thin and whispy and pathetic

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    Sorry to hear this Marb.
    Long and whispy usually indicates not enough light and/or too much warmth.
    How long have you had it for?
    I'm just wondering too if maybe the chill at night temperatures from the window was too much following warm daytime temperatures?

    I grow flat leaved parsley every year...self seeded and it does die back in the autumn.
    Perhaps try again in late spring?
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    Those potted herbs have been grown too close together in the pot, under heat and light, just so they grow in a pot and survive just a bit longer than cut herbs you buy in a packet.
    They just don't live long once you've bought them, no matter how you treat them!

    Just accept that and don't beat yourself up about it, wait for better weather and grow them from seed, outside in the fresh air.

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    Marb, its as Thelma says, these herbs are not meant to keep growing. They are usable over a longer period than a cut bunch of parsley, but that's it.
    Some potted herbs are tougher than others - like chives and mint, but the softer leaves like parsley, basil and coriander are more fickle.
    If you buy any more, try splitting it just after purchase, and potting up small sections in several pots. Spacing out these seedlings will give them more chance of a life but its not 100% guaranteed.
    I sowed parsley seeds yesterday!
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    I never buy those from supermarkets unless they are 10p! As the others have said. They are for use over a couple of weeks while cooking.
    Best get some seeds and sow in a couple of very large pots.
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    A few months ago we got a tiny (not even 9 cm) pot of basil from the supermarket that had about 25 plants in. Got one measly picking before they all conked out. They sow them stupidly densely since they sell the plants when they're so young, the harvest would be pathetic if you only had one in there and didn't have the light to grow it on for a few months. Basil plants get pretty big if you just harvest behind the growing tips...ours were about 1 ft high at the end of summer and we were getting about 50g of leaves (no stem!) per week from 3 pots.

    What's daft is that these pots are grown in the UK, presumably under lights, but the packets of fresh basil are from Ethiopia or Costa Rica. Hopefully LED lights are advancing fast enough that it becomes cost effective for these businesses to grow fresh herbs here all year round.
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    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.

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    Ah, it was a 10p bargain!! I don't feel quite so sorry for you now, Marb.
    The "rot" may have set in before you bought it ?over or underwatered, light, temperature fluctuations? Who knows.
    I always buy 10p plants 'cos I feel sorry for them. Sometimes they grow, sometimes they curl up their toes, but I don't mind a 10p gamble.
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