Growing Basil! (Part 4) Moving basil and tomato growing! 2020.09.05
This particular movement and stage in the growth in my plants actually happened a month ago, however I have been extremely busy with work, and other pieces were much easier to complete so I have been procrastinating on this, but I'm finally on it!
Today's entry, I discuss moving my basil into their permanent homes, as well as the growth of my tomato (amazingly fast) as of late June/early July 2020.
Last I updated, I had pot up my basil into a larger pot (1st time) as the original pack they came in was too small. Although I had already prepared their permanent, rectangle 80cm x 30cm pot by then, they were still too frail to be separated from each other, which is why they had to be pot up together first.
By June however, the basil had grown up to about 5cm each. More importantly, as many videos and resources have stressed, my basil have grown 3 sets of leaves (1 set of their baby leaves and 2 sets of real leaves), which is the minimum required before the basil should be separated from each other.
And so I decided to move them :
1) The pot used here is 30cm by 80cm.
I read online that the optimum spacing for basil plants is at least 15cm apart.
Of course, there are plenty of cases where people didn't really care for that suggestion, choosing to keep their basil bunched. I decided to go somewhere in between, so this pot will hold about 7-8 plants, with about 9-10 cm between each basil.
As usual, fill it up with draining stones and then a good layer of soil.
2) Now the tricky part. Gingerly removing the basil from the temporary pot.
As you can see, the basil are much bigger than before, and strong enough to survive the transfer.
3) The roots are literally hair thin, and I have no idea what is root and what is stray soil uh, stringy material. In any case, lightly breaking up the soil, attempt to separate the basil into individual units. I didn't have any pictures of this part because I was concentrating really hard.
4) And there's one individual basil! Finally.
5) Plant in all the rest, and my basil are now in their permanent homes. Give the plants a light shower and you simply have to wait to see if they survive the transplant.
6) Hindsight - They did!
I'm an aspiring architect pursuing/living my dream of working in Japan.
I work in Tokyo, but live across Futagotamagawa in Oakhouse Kajigaya, Kawasaki.
Working in Japan is hard, but there's lots of opportunities to play hard as well.
I hope to share a little of my experience with everyone through this blog.