Basil is a savory herb, perfect for using in your salads, dressings, marinades, and other dishes. Dried basil can be costly, so why not consider growing your own fresh basil instead? Growing your own basil doesn’t require a huge plot of land, in fact you can grow some right in your own kitchen window. Take a look below at 7 tips for growing basil indoors, so you can enjoy fresh basil whenever you wish. Here is how to get started.
7 Tips for Growing Basil Indoors
1. Choose a sunny spot.
Before you decide to plant basil, make sure you have a sunny spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun. Basil needs sun and warmth to thrive, so finding the perfect spot is essential. Watch the sun patterns in your home for a few days before deciding what the perfect spot would be.
2. Choose the perfect soil.
Basil will do well in loose, nutrient rich soil. The soil should contain some organic matter as well to help the plant flourish. Talk to your local gardening center to find the perfect organic matter stir in that can give the soil the boost it needs to grow healthy basil.
3. Pick a generously sized pot.
You don’t want to cram a bunch of basil seedlings into a small pot. Be sure you are using a pot that is at least 12 inches wide and deep per seedling. Should you wish to plant seeds that is fine (harvest will just take longer) so be sure to space seeds out 6 inches when planting. Your pot choice should have a drainage hole as well to make sure the roots don’t get saturated.
4. Feed every two weeks.
Basil will perform best if it is fertilized every two weeks. A liquid variety does the job well, and always follow package directions so you don’t overfeed the plant, which can quickly burn it. When watering, allow the soil to get soaked deeply, and avoid watering again until it has fully dried out.
5. Pinch away pests.
When growing indoors, you should not encounter too many pests. However, all it takes is one aphid to know the plant is there and destroy it. Pick off pests as you see them or create a chemical free bug wash with a spray bottle of water and a few drops of Dawn dish soap. Spray and protect!
6. Pick away dead foliage.
If you notice any of the leaves darkening or turning brown, don’t hesitate plucking them off. This way, the basil plant isn’t wasting energy trying to bring the area back to life. Yellow foliage doesn’t need to be removed, it just means the plant is being over watered. Instead, allow the soil to dry out before watering again.
7. How to harvest.
Once your plant has reached about 6 inches in height, it is ready to be harvested. Pick off the largest leaves and use them right away or dry them for use later.
You will find that basil is a flavorful herb, perfect for your meat and fish dishes as well as various salads. Give growing your own basil a try and see how easy it can be to have freshness at your fingertips!