Thai Basil in the Window

The sweet girl, served with my hot and sour soup, who courageously survived through a day of shopping, sits happy as ever on my westward window.  The sprig of leaves meant to flavor and inspire gained a royal throne in tap water and mason jar.

Her flowers came dancing along stalk with amazing vigor.  A trip home to Rhode Island created space between us, and on my return Thai Basil expressed her need for attention, wilting leaves and all.  She had told me what to do in a meditation we had before I left.  Specific instructions were made clear so as to continue her window journey.

“The part of my stem immersed in water is becoming clogged.  Trim the lowest leaves off my sprig and clip my stalk tip so I may absorb water and thrust forth roots.  Save my flowers.  You thought I wouldn’t flower and root, but I love you.  My bottom flowers will need a hand with pollination.  Then you must let them finish their cycle so you may plant my seeds.  My top flowers will bloom and you may clip them and make a sacred flower essence with them.  This will keep me going until the next time we speak.  Thank you.”

nubby roots just below the water line

In doing so, the Thai Basil quickly set out 4 nubby roots.  Oh how the joy ran through my veins!


3 thoughts on “Thai Basil in the Window

  1. When I noticed the roots, they were above the water line. My first instinct was to add more water so they were able to drink. But a recent conversation with friends keeps me thinking. Plant’s roots are usually under the soil, so why then would they grow so well in a glass jar on the window? Some botany specifics we guessed; no one had the facts. If the Thai Basil is drinking water from her sprig tip, then do the roots growing further up the stalk need to be in water as well?

    Is there a Botanist in the house?

    Well it seems that once decent roots have been made it’s time to plant, which is a no brainer.
    But what is good for the roots in the mean time? A Pineapple Sage once nestled on my windowsill for a solid 5 months, completely submerged roots in water, like most cuttings I suppose. And yet, a tree in flood water will suffocate. The mysteries!

  2. J-Loo hot off the press! Fresh white roots need high humidity to be happy. They don’t necessarily need to be under water as long as they don’t dry out.A makeshift cover over the jar would do the trick until planting time. It’s amazing how long some plants can survive in a jar of water, but we’re looking for them to ‘thrive’ not just ‘survive’! Change the water frequently to add new oxygen and get rid of plant waste buildup.

    PS- I planted spinach in my garden on the first day of spring! WTF!

    • Thank you Junior! You speak wisdom when it comes to roots.

      A biologist also reminded me that mints fall in that special category of ‘swamp’ plants -official term, so Basil’s roots can potentially breathe under-water. In other words, some plants will root in water because they prefer moist terrain. While other sandy soil plants will prefer to root directly in soil. I recently started a Jade this way, tucking the thinner peice of her leaf into some container mix. Freebies!

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