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in The potting shed
I've just sown some basil seeds and was wondering what I should expect to get as a fully grown plant. Will each seedling produce a plant with a stalk and a few leaves like the kind you get from the supermarket or can you get them to bush out giving plants with a bit of 'bulk' to them. The same question applies to other herbs like parsley and corriander.
If you pick out the tips of basil and space the plants out a bit, they'll fill out a bit more than the supermarket plants - in fact, when I buy supermarket basil, I transplant it into a pot twice the size and space the plats out - it can last for many weeks. But they ares still quite small plants and you can do with plenty of them if you like it a lot.
Coriander tends to stay a bit leggy, in my experience, but is probably better not too crowded. Parsely does best if it's really well spaced out - maybe 8 or 10 inches between plants.