Herbs forum: Plant spacing

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Name: Tamara
Fresno County, California (Zone 9b)
Feb 8, 2018 11:32 AM CST
How far apart do you need to plant seedlings of DIFFERENT VARIETIES of the same herb to prevent problems with cross pollination? I want to try new varieties of basil, mint, thyme and oregano this year.
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Keeper of Poultry
Feb 8, 2018 12:31 PM CST
Thyme and Oregano can be planted next to each other without changing the flavor / scent of the plants.

You will only need to worry about cross pollination if you are growing more than 1 variety of herb (ex: lemon basil, sweet basil) and want to save the seeds. If you are not saving seeds, you can plant them side by side. It is the seeds that you need to worry about cross pollinating. For those, you want as far apart as possible (like opposite sides of the yard).
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
Region: Canadian Photo Contest Winner: 2017 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Feb 8, 2018 1:05 PM CST
I plant all of those, and if there is cross-pollination, I don't see it or taste it.
I plant all my herbs in hanging boxes off our back deck railing, (hanging on the outside) so one need only venture out to cut same for cooking. No slugs! Green onions and Chives are in a 5-gallon pail on the deck. Note: In hanging boxes, I transplant Thyme, several types of Basil including Thai, Mint, French Tarragon, Mexican Tarragon etc. Cheers!
Name: Tamara
Fresno County, California (Zone 9b)
Feb 8, 2018 6:20 PM CST
Thanks. It's been years since I've planted different varieties of herbs

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