This is the hardest herb to keep alive

Lisa Walden
·2-min read
Photo credit: Peter Greenway - Getty Images
Photo credit: Peter Greenway - Getty Images

From Country Living

Lavender, basil and rosemary are some of the most difficult herbs to keep alive, new research has found.

Do you struggle to keep indoor plants blooming? Well, the team at MyJobQuote.co.uk found that many of us aren't very green-fingered at all, with 302,980 Brits turning to Google each month with concerns about their wilting indoor jungles.

In fact, lavender is the most difficult herb to keep alive, with 10,400 plant parents in need of help every month. Basil, mint and rosemary also come close behind, followed by popular herbs such as coriander, dill and parsley.

They might look lovely potted on a windowsill, but growing them ourselves seems to be a challenge. Take a look at the full list below...

The 10 hardest herbs to keep alive

  1. Lavender (10,410 monthly searches)

  2. Basil (9,620)

  3. Rosemary (4,040)

  4. Coriander (2,770)

  5. Mint (2,600)

  6. Dill (1,640)

  7. Parsley (970)

  8. Oregano (730)

  9. Sage (410)

  10. Lemongrass (370)

Photo credit: ANTON EINE - Getty Images
Photo credit: ANTON EINE - Getty Images

"If you've ever purchased a supermarket herb plant, it's very likely that you have been met with the disappointment of a dead plant just a few weeks later," say the plant team at OnBuy.

Speaking about the steps you should take to ensure it lasts longer, the team explain the important of picking a good quality plant: "Avoid any plants that look like they are already to wilting, have damaged stems or have been squashed between shelves or surrounding plants – if your plant ticks any of these boxes, it's likely to cause issues in the future."

It's also important to ensure you have the right pot for your plant. OnBuy explains: "Once you have taken the plant home, having a good-sized pot will make a world of difference; splitting and repotting your kitchen herb plants is key.

"Due to the small space that a plastic supermarket pot provides, overcrowding in the soil is a common issue and it is advised to carefully split your plant into two so that they don't get tangled up further and eventually die."

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