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Old 04-02-2015, 11:57 AM
 
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So I apologize ahead of time I'm a total beginner at growing anything. I moved to Houston last summer and have an apartment with a balcony. It does not get any direct sunlight as it has an overhead. I just bought 3 small basil plants, parsley, and spearmint. Last year I tried basil, rosemary, and parsley but didn't do a very good job. I found the basil actually did better when I took it out of the sunlight and into the shade, even though it's recommended for full sunlight. I'm not sure if the crazy heat of houston makes up for lack of direct sunlight?

Anyway, as of now I just have them in the containers that they came in from the grocery store, sitting out on my balcony. I'm wondering what my best odds are of keeping these growing without direct sun, or if I really don't have a chance.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Did they not grow or did they get sick and die? I'm thinking they dried up from the heat.

While some direct sun is good, indirect sun is fine for herbs. I keep mine on the deck which is shaded 90% of the time. They don't like hot sun. And given the fact that they are in pots (pots dry much quicker) I have to water them everyday and sometimes twice a day when its in the 90s. Evaporation is killer in the summer. Your balcony sounds fine, just don't forget to check the soil and water everyday
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Old 04-02-2015, 02:09 PM
 
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Did they not grow or did they get sick and die? I'm thinking they dried up from the heat.

While some direct sun is good, indirect sun is fine for herbs. I keep mine on the deck which is shaded 90% of the time. They don't like hot sun. And given the fact that they are in pots (pots dry much quicker) I have to water them everyday and sometimes twice a day when its in the 90s. Evaporation is killer in the summer. Your balcony sounds fine, just don't forget to check the soil and water everyday
I think they all dried up and wilted. I ended up saving the basil. Yesterday actually I noticed my basil plant (I bought one to start then 2 more yesterday) was yellowing and some of the leaves had fallen off. I think I over watered it. I normally water once a day but figured I'd just really load it up with water since it drains so quick. I think this may have done some damage to it but I'm hoping it's fine and it was just too much water that hurt it.


Any other special tips? I know I need to pick them all in specific ways, I've learned this with the basil. But as far as keeping them alive and thriving where I have them? Just water once a day? Will they be okay in the small planters and soil they came with or do I need to switch them?
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I think they all dried up and wilted.

Any other special tips? Just water once a day? Will they be okay in the small planters and soil they came with or do I need to switch them?

Small planters are fine but the smaller the pot the quicker it dries.

Either when you see them start to wilt water it or check the soil and water.

Yeah, you cant give it a big gulp and think it will last. Plants rather have a slow drip then a big gulp.
Water twice a day when its hot.. I noticed its in the 80s/90s near you.
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Can you move them into bigger pots, or a single big planter? If you use the bagged soil with water saver in it, it will help retain the moisture.
I live in a hot southern climate too, and it is an ongoing battle to keep things wet enough. Definitely stay away from clay pots. I like the looks of them, but they dry out too fast.
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:33 PM
 
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I wouldn't do a large planter just for convenience.. but I could move them into larger. Is the only point of this just so the soil stays moist for longer?
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