someone: you're some sort of plant goddess, right? 

they: "my balcony is a graveyard, what do I do. well these are still growing tho, though the mint seems to be dead."

me: what no I'm not a real plant girl I'm just a poser, I didn't even know anything about plants six months ago, and my own balcony is a far cry from what I wanted it to be, though I'm still proud of how much life I already sustain in it and how my plants aren't dying anymore but still, beginner stuff really, can't be compared to real plant girls.

anyway that balcony looks super dark, that big plant you have is thicc that's a shade-survivor, you can prob grow more Zimmerpflanzen in there, it isn't south-facing, is it? west? yeah thought so, so west will only get direct sun when the sun is low, it's tropical jungle conditions. from your dead pots I'm assuming you were trying to do supermarket Italian herbs? those are tricky to grow in shade, what I want you to do is, stick a finger in that mint as deep as it goes, does it feel like it's more root than soil and all spongy-bone-dry? if so what it needed was a repot, two sizes up, Kräutererde, torffrei, keep it moist but not wet. If it feels like loamy or muddy or even still wet, then what you needed was less water. This one in the front, is that a melissa? I can't see very well with the telegram compression but those white spots on the leaves, are they like blisters (on the skin itself, can't be rubbed off, as opposed to white stuff growing atop the leaves)? If so it's edema, it means there's too much water, the plant is trying to bring it all up and the pipes are bursting. water less. if that one is a rosemary you should be proud though, rosemary is tricky and yours seems healthy, for that one you might want to continue to do what you're doing, change any conditions slowly and experimentally.

in general, for your problem what I'd suggest doing is move the herb pots to the brightest sunniest spot of the balcony, but don't put them directly on hot surfaces. wind is good. repot supermarket herbs a size up with good potting dirt; that will keep them moist during sunny heatwave days. it's not the sun that kill herbs, it's the heat or the dryness. as long as the pots are draining well, the potting soil will act as a humidity buffer.

not many kitchen herbs will be happy on a west balcony but the mints and parsley should take it for sure, Schnittlauch also. Maybe coriander, thyme, oregano, if they get some hours of direct sun. Then make sure to keep the earth always gently moist but never wet. If in doubt you can use a tray and water from the bottom, it's easier to gauge. Fill the tray with water and put your pots in, wait 10 to 20 minutes and stick a finger, check if the pots are moist up to the surface. If the tray dried before moisting the pots, add more water; if everything's nice and wet and there's still water left in the tray, drain away the water. repeat whenever the soil starts feeling dry, how often will depend on the climate and the size of your plants relative to pot.

look online how to cut them to stimulate growth, if you play your cards right they will bush out when you cut them and you can keep getting herbs for your cooking until winter. most people who grow plants for cooking will snip off flowers, because the plants grow less and taste less delicious after they go to flower. these flowers are really good for the bees, though, and the rules I mentioned are mostly by branch. so even if you want to grow for food, I would gently encourage you to leave at least a few branches as "flower branches" and offer them for the bees, and pick some of the outer ones as "crop branches", cut above the lateral meristems (the side buds) and they'll fork and branch where you cut. use a sharp tool. most herbs have more aromatic compounds on the leaves during the early morning (as defined by sunlight).

I don't really know anything about plants btw, I've just been reading stuff online a bit. watching a few youtube videos, an audiobook here and there nothing serious

someone: you're some sort of plant goddess, right? 

@elilla 📝 📝 📝

someone: you're some sort of plant goddess, right? 

@elilla nice infodump, and also 🎓 here is your official plant girl decoration, you definitely are one

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