Growing, Harvesting & Propogating Basil
This is a picture of what my Basil and Rosemary looked like after cutting and placing into small plastic bottles and glass jars to begin growing their roots.
Basil, Week 2
Grows easily from seed ~ Basil loves well drained soil
I use organic soil & peat pots to grow the babies. In the fall, I cover the way back of my yard with the leaves and every two years, I use that beautiful soil in my gardening.
Basil, Week 3
Place peat pots in a flat; cover with a plastic dome. Rotate flat each morning to provide equal sun on both sides.Lift dome & gently spray the pots with water every other day or as needed; replace dome top. You are checking to see if the soil is moist.
Seed Germination Period is 5 to 10 days. See pics on this page showing the progress.
Basil, Week 5
Think of a newborn baby. The baby needs food and to be kept directly out of the sun or the baby will get sunburned, right? As you grow your basil, think of your seedlings as babies. Treat them as such.
Allow adequate drainage ~ after transplanting to a pot, line the base of the pot with dime sized rocks
Hang bunches of stems up to air dry. We also keep basil cuttings in water in a little gatorade bottle on our dinner table for easy access – whatever works
Basil is easily propagated through herbaceous stem cuttings. Place cuttings in water to root. You’ll see roots shortly. It’s amazing to see – get your kids involved
Basil outdoors in the garden
Plant basil outdoors after the last spring frost.
Plant in well drained soil; basil will grow in soils ranging in acidity.
Companion gardening with Basil
Basil can be helpful in repelling thrips.
Basil is said to repel flies and mosquitoes.
Do not plant Basil near Sage.
Basil in my garden!
After your Basil is done for the season, the leaves are beginning to yellow or wilt, it is time to cut.
Place the cutting in a glass of water and put it where it can get good sunlight. Use a clear container so you can watch your basil propagation grow root! I use little gatorade bottles or cleaned out jelly and sauce jars 🙂
Change the water every few days until you see root growth. Once the roots on your basil cutting are two inches or longer, you can plant the cutting in a pot indoors. Make sure you put the planter in a place where the plant will get sunlight.
Keep the basil on hand for cooking and for adding to your food after it’s prepared!