Many know that I love to garden… when I have time. I try to make time but occasionally even the weather here in Hawaii doesn’t cooperate. When you have “little” seasonal change, plants get confused. They don’t know when it is spring, summer, fall or winter when the temperature rarely drops below 70. (We did have SNOW on Haleakala the other day!)
Annuals do okay as long as you remember that they only last about 6 months. Doesn’t matter when you plant them. Perennials do ok but they don’t thrive. Biennials are pretty predictable but they tend to burn out early (seed) or never move into second year.
But my favorite is what I call perpetual. I do this with BASIL – one of my favorite herbs.
It is an annual in most climates but I started this in San Jose, so assuming you have a sunny, frost-free window sill, it will work anywhere.
Go to store and buy fresh “basil herbs” in your produce section. Make sure the leaves look fresh and not going down. Take them home, snip the ends off the stems and put in water in a small glass. I use highball type glasses. Keep the water fresh and keep the ends of stems in water; you don’t want to let the leaves get too wet. In about a week to 10 days, you’ll see the stems sprout roots. About a week later, you’ll have a great root structure that can be planted or left in water to continue to grow.
I’m now to the point that I have so many basil plants that I usually have a bunch or 2 in glasses in the kitchen that Peter uses for cooking. I replant every month or so. We always have tons of fresh basil for seasoning, pesto and or garnish. A little basil in scrambled eggs is heavenly!
When a plant gets woody – it will produce for another few months but plan to pull it and replace it!