Growing Basil Indoors
This wonderful aromatic and hardy herb can be successfully grown in
almost any setting. If you live in a very cool climate it might be best
cultivate basil varieties in a greenhouse environment or inside your
home. Basil performs admirably when the temperatures are above 60
degrees both during the day and night. Plant your basil plants into 2 to
3 litre containers and place them in your sunniest spot. Water them
only through a saucer, never from the top. Pinch out the flowers as they
Warm, dry weather will never daunt the perky green foliage and mature
plants are able to withstand drought with minimal watering. Basil is a
loving plants that should never be set out in shaded areas.
Gardeners add these as companion plants in a vegetable or flower bed but
basil is equally at home in a visually appealing herb garden. Some
even plant these herbs in rock gardens or use them as specimen plants.
This resilient little herb can be grown indoors or outside and you can
them out in containers of almost any size and basil will happily produce
fresh, fragrant leaves throughout the growing season.
How To Grow Basil
Start off basil seeds indoors or in a glasshouse in the spring. Cover
them only lightly with fine seed compost as basil seeds are very small.
need minimum 10 degrees for germination.
Transplant the basil seedlings when they start to produce their second set of leaves. If you grow basil in pots
you can plant 5-10 plants into a container.
Basil Plant Care
Watering is often where most mistakes are made. The water requirements for growing basil are relatively slight and once a
week watering is more than adequate for the needs of these plants. Overwatered plants tend to rot off.
My Special Basil Care Tip
Never overwater your basil plant and allow the soil to dry
out completely in between watering. If you always let the soil remain a
bit on the dry side it
will help you prevent any root or plant rot.
Misting or sprinkling the
outdoor garden basil with a little water is one way many gardeners
handle the watering chores.
If you have basil growing in a container
watering the plants from the top should be avoided, although you may
want to add
some water to the bottom overflow saucer and allow the plant to absorb
the water that is needed.
Pests And Diseases
Aphids and whiteflies can attack your herbs but both of these pests can
be handled without resorting to harsh chemical pesticides. A little
and a cloth or sprayer is all you should need to eliminate these
tiny insects from your bountiful herb.
Remember that lacewings, lady bugs,
walking sticks and the praying mantis are all beneficial insects that
can be an asset when you want to keep harmful bugs away from your herbs,
Cooking With Basil
The leaves from a basil plant are packed with savory, rich flavor when
you use them immediately after harvesting. Always use basil that is
and only add it the meat, sauce, stew or vegetable dish after the food
has been cooked.
The fresh taste of basil should not be subjected to the high heats
needed for cooking and should only be incorporated into the cooked dishes shortly before they are served at the table.
Would you like to include herbs into your daily life to improve and take control of your well-being?
The Herbal Academy is an international school of herbal arts and sciences, offering high quality, affordable herbal studies programs for students online at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Academy celebrates the community-centered spirit of herbalism by collaborating with a wide diversity of herbalists and medical professionals to create an herbal school that presents many herbal traditions and points of view.
Course educators including leading herbalists such as Steven Foster of the 'Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs', Matthew Wood of 'The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants', American Herbalist Guild President Bevin Clare, and Anne McIntyre, who has written several books including 'The Complete Herbal Tutor' and 'The Complete Woman’s Herbal'. Other notable contributors include Pamela Spence, Steve Kippax, Emily Ruff, Katheryn Langelier, and dozens of other medical professionals, clinical herbalists, and family herbalists.
Explore the Herbal Academy’s online herbalist training programs on their website, as well as their dedicated Herbalist Paths, designed to suit your path and your educational needs – from family to entrepreneurial to clinical herbalist career paths!
What would you like to see next?