Ok, I have a confession to make.
Remember when I posted so excitedly about finding fresh herb pots at the grocery store? If not, you really didn’t miss much. . . basically, I found fresh herb pots at the grocery store. I bought rosemary and basil, and planted them in pots with dirt. . . umm. . . a couple of days later.
Well, they’re both dead now. The basil actually started sort of crisping up right away–I was keeping it’s original pot pretty moist, so I’m fairly certain that the plant got nipped by cold on it’s way to the grocery store. It was remarkably balmy the day I bought them, so I’m pretty sure they didn’t get nipped in the trip from the store to my house. (I also triple-bagged the plants.)
In any case, the basil went first, and then the rosemary. In all fairness, by the marketing on the packaging, they really weren’t meant to be potted up, they were just meant to stay fresh for cooking a bit longer. But it was a little disappointing.
So I decided to try a little experiment. Last time I bought basil for cooking (just in the produce/fresh herbs portion of the store), I used what I needed and then I took the remaining stem and popped it in a glass of water.
The basil leaves immediately drooped limply over the edges of the glass, and Trevor laughed at me. I said well, I’m not out anything to give it a shot. And then I just snipped a bit off the end of the stalk (which I probably should have thought of to begin with), just to be sure it was able to draw up water if it so chose.
And this is what happened within hours.
It looks pretty good, doesn’t it? (Not counting the poor photo quality.) Considering it’s the leftover basil from a dish I already made. . . it will be interesting to see how long it lasts. I suppose it’s remotely possible that it will root and then I can plant it in a pot. At the very least, I figure I’ll get a lot more use out of each package of basil I buy.