Runty Basil by Joy | Oct 16, 2010 | Gardening | 2 comments I harvested this basil Thursday evening. It looks more like oregano. Trust me – it smells like basil, it purees into beautiful pesto, and tastes fabulous. But it’s puny. Anyone know what might be wrong with it? 2 Comments Heather on October 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm It looks like it might be blooming. You don’t want it to do that. Pick off the blooms and the leaves will get larger. Looks great! I love basil…especially pesto! Jenny Seely on May 8, 2011 at 10:14 am Basil! How do I send you a picture of mine? I have always seen the little kitchen window sill gardens for growing herbs and decided that I’d like to do somethingn like that. Although I didn’t grow my garden on the kitchen window sill, I did start cilantro and basil from seed. I ended up transplanting my basil into a five gallon bucket! The thing grew into a tall bush with BARK not just green stems. It definitely was not what I was expecting. Mine was HUGE and it BLOOMED (also not what I was explecting). I read that if they bloom, the plant dies after the blooms are finished (not so with my massive group of basil, but anyway). All that to say that it could be the climate. My cilantro didn’t make it at all in the humid, hot, rainy weather of Mississippi last year. My basil went berserk if you ask me. It is true, as Heather mentioned, that when you see the blooms just starting (not flowering yet) pick them off and that will promote the life of the plant and the number of leaves it produces. To my understanding, basil is almost as prolific as tomato. Not only do they taste good together, but they can be grown together. So I would recommend pinching off most of the blooms (you could let a few go because they aren’t exactly unattractive), making sure the plant is well-watered and in the sun as much as possible. If it’s in the ground, you may consider growing it in a different location next year or planting it in at least a five gallon bucket that can be moved to more appropriate locations for best results.