Herbs forum: Is basil an annual herb while mint isnt?

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Barcelona, Spain
May 9, 2016 1:37 AM CST
I was wondering if after a year of growing cycle my basil will perish while my mint plant will go on indefinitely?

Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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May 11, 2016 5:14 AM CST
You might be on the south side of frosts. I would expect some years your basil might survive. Other winters not so much.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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May 11, 2016 1:41 PM CST
Your mint will most likely go on. Basil is generally an annual.
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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May 18, 2016 6:24 PM CST
Not sure what your growing zone is like, but basil tends to be an annual--it wants to set flowers and then stops growing.

Mint is very hardy. It does does flower, but persists because it grows vigorously by a very tenacious root system. Even if a branch touches the ground, it will try to send down roots. Doesn't require much watering or care.

Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
May 26, 2016 6:26 PM CST
The only basil that does not seed, but requires 80's to survive if you keep the flowers pinched back, is African Blue Basil. 2) thai basil, 3) lime basil

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