Introduction: Grow Basil Indoors

Growing basil indoors shouldn't be a problem for anyone.

This is what you need:

1) A bright south facing window or a bulb with about 4000K-6500K rating.
2) Some basil seeds, a plant pot and soil from your local store.

Step 1: Germinating

Put the soil into your pot and water it until its completely moist.

Take some seeds and put them onto the soil. Spacing from seed to seed should be about 2 cm (1 inch). Don't cover them with any soil, as basil seeds need light to germinate.

Cover the pot with a piece of glass or some plastic wrap to keep the soil moist.

Then put the pot to an bright warm place. About 20-25°C should be fine.

After some time the seeds will turn slightly blue. Don't be shocked. That's absolutely normal.

A few days later your seeds hopefully germinated.

Step 2: Growing

After germinating remove the plastic wrap and let it grow.

Let the soil dry out completely before you water it again. This helps the plant to get a strong root system and it also prevents the plant from pests.

Step 3: Harvesting

In many restaurants only basil stams are left on the table.

The correct way to harvest basil, is to only use the top of the plant. This forces new side shoots to sprout and your plants will get stronger and produce even more leaves.

Eat it fresh, on your pasta or on your pizza. Just put it everywhere you want :)

Have fun growing and enjoying your own basil.

Comments

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EmilyL73 (author)2016-08-15

It sound easy but i donot know how to water them plus how to maintain them alive

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MichielD2 (author)2015-11-10

do you have any tips about the type of soil? I tried to grow basil plants bought in the grocery store, and it worked (I got some more leaves) for 2-3 weeks, but then the plant died really quickly (2-3 days). what could this be? I watered regularly(every 3 days), but not a lot, the soil was moist, definitely not wet...

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BARKing (author)2013-12-12

You make it look and sound easy. I seldom get more than 1-2 harvests (your method) before I kill mine. I love basil but have yet to master growing it.

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wilgubeast (author)2013-12-11

I have been harvesting basil incorrectly for years. Thanks for the tip!

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