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I have started to grow hebs from seed thyme, chives and basil in pots starting off seems to be ok i have had chives at around 1 inch for a over a month, the thyme has stopped at around 1/ cm, basil is just a green leaf ! all have been started indoors harden off then moved to final growing area, any tips, help/ update many thanks for all you replies, all the herbs have been out side for around 2/3 weeks now,i will just wait for warmer weather and continue with potting more herbs once again thanks all



I think you may have put them outside too soon. It is early to have annual herbs outside, same as bedding plants.

16 Apr, 2009


the basil is probably too cold and may not survive. the chives and thyme should be hardy, mine are outside all the time. But they are probably just slow due to the drop in temperature. Its a waiting game now. Its better to wait until you have several 4-8 leaves on the thyme and other leafy herbs before hardening off. The chives are better moved on when they are about 2" tall. mine are only just 2" tall at present.

hope this helps.

16 Apr, 2009


I'm growing Basil, Chives, Marjoram, Mint, Coriander and Parsley at the mo from seed. All are doing well, but...they are still all in my kitchen. I think it's too cold for them outside at the mo, especially delicate seedlings.

I do have some mint and chives outside, but they were potted on from those things you buy in supermarkets and were already quite well established.

Are they already in the soil or if they're in pots can you bring them in for a while longer?

16 Apr, 2009


I am a lover of Herbs. I put my older plants in the ground, but just to be on the safe side, my new young plants I have put in pots outside. Growing from seed I would think is not an easy job. My suggestion would be put them in pots, put them out in the daytime if fine and warm, but as we still are not quite out of danger of having the odd frosty night bring them in at night.

16 Apr, 2009


Labyrs - Gourmet's herbs are in pots! He just put them out too soon..

Gourmet try another sowing of the Basil - it has plenty of time to grow yet.

17 Apr, 2009

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