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I'd like to plant a few herbs in a 12"x12"x12" pot.How many plants can I fit in here without overcrowding?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (27545points) May 23rd, 2011

I have Italian oregano,sweet basil, thyme and parsley.Can I put one of each,or is this too many for that size planter?

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rebbel's avatar

About the distances i know nothing (i would suggest though to give them all some space that seems logical), but with planting oregano it is best to not push the seeds under/ don’t cover them with ground(?) because they need air to spring.
After they have sprung you replace them in their own pots.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel-The herbs are all about 12” H.I am just wondering how many I can stuff in a pot.
Are they like clowns and very small cars??XD

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I think you could put all of them in the pot if you adjust the soil mix so it’s a little heavier than normal. Or just realize you’ll need to reduce the amount of time the plants spend in hot conditions and/or water more. They’ll be a little crowded but I think the visual affect would be kind of nice with that mix. You could also keep trimming the plants back and using the herbs in cooking, oops, what am I thinking.:)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe -I will give it a whirl….I’ll let you know when dinner’s ready to give you a head start!
That’s just what kind of friend I am! XD

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

XD. It’s deep enough I think it’ll work. You wouldn’t want to try it in a shallow pot.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe – What I need to do is throw some larger pots but they take up alot of room in my kiln.I can’t wait to get my plants in! How are yours doing?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Mine are coming good. Now if we could get the rain to stay away we’d be all set.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe -We had high winds that blew my trellis down,then rain that soaked the dog and now it is happy,sunny weather :)

incendiary_dan's avatar

You can fit more if you think of two principles: companion plants and levels/niches. In natural ecosystems, more plants are fit in an area because each is filling a different niche. Their roots are at different levels, one might vine low while the other grows straight up, etc. You might want to look up some traditional plant guilds. That combination might not allow very dense packing of plants, because they’re all kind of herbaceous with stalks.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I can have 6 basil plants in a pot that size. I keep them well-watered without drowning them and they do fine. I haven’t tried mixing and matching with more than 3 types… I give oregano it’s own pot because it comes back every year, thus the root system gets bigger and more robust every year. Can I come to dinner, too? I gave you some sterling advice on your last pot/herb Q!!!

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