A plant off – dividing basil – how far should you separate – trials – First diary entry

Basil divide
Jane buys a big basil plant (she thinks). I tell her she has not bought a big basil plant but loads of little ones all planted together to look like a big plant. A common trick employed by the garden centres. Problem. Each little plant is competing.
I think she would be much better off dividing and letting each one have adequate room to grow. She is concerned that dividing will cause damage to the roots and in turn cause death. Jane argues they should be re potted in groups. I argue they should be divided into pairs at the very least.
We decide to go our separate ways and see who’s technique works better.
Jane’s basil is picture 1. In faux terracotta planter pots.
My basil is picture 2.In a woolly pocket.
Entry two -coming soon
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  • http://www.theenchantedearth.com/ Meredith

    I divide mine, and they end up doing much better, I think. Plants need room to spread their roots to gather water and nutrients, and the whole point of a garden is to reduce competition for those things we’d like to eat more of!

    Hope it works for you in your woolly pocket!

  • http://dorsetmichael.wordpress.com dorsetmichael

    from the photos above, Jane’s looks the better deal but lets wait the results! i believe its good to water in the morning with tepid water but never at night, they dont like sitting in cold water overnight, oh, and singing opera does wonders for them too…

  • curious

    I’m really curious about this — was there any followup?? I’m debating this exact question… would be interesting to see some results :)

    • http://www.gardenbeet.com felicity

      The dividing worked!!! I must dig up some photos to show – !