How to Grow Basil

Category: 

Herbs

Planting Time:

Spring

Harvest Time:

Approx 7 - 8 weeks from Germination onwards

Difficulty:

Easy

Planting & Care Instructions:

    If temperatures are still cool, sow indoors first until warmer weather comes
    Take a handful of seeds and scatter a few in each small pot or cell
    Sprinkle a fine layer of compost over the seeds and pat down
    Approx 4 weeks after Germinating, transplant the seedlings into their larger final container or directly into the soil if it is warm enough
    If planting outside, make sure plants are positioned away from direct sunlight during the warmest hours of the day
    Space approx 6 inches apart in a soil bed when planting out
    You can begin to harvest leaves as soon as they reach maturity
    Basil can stay indoors for year-round growth and harvesting
    Water multiple times a week during the warmer months of the year
    When harvesting, take cuttings from the top to promote growth from lower segments
    Cuttings can be taken and placed in water until roots emerge. These can then be planted in new pots or soil beds if the climate is warm enough