Project Guide

Grow a Bouquet of Beautiful Basil

1
Sow Seeds

Sow seeds directly into a 12 inch container with drainage holes in the bottom. The seeds will sprout quickly under warm conditions. Keep the surface from drying out by placing the pot in a shady spot until the seeds germinate.

2
Cut Stems

Cut stems without flower buds 6 inches long and trim off all but the top three or four leaves. Submerge stems in a dark-colored vase filled with water. Keep it in a warm place, near a bright window indoors. Cuttings are ready to plant when the roots are ½ inches long.

3
Separate and Transplant

Separate and transplant crowded seedlings into individual containers. Water well and keep in a shady place for a few days.

4
Pot Up Basil

For a container of three plants, choose a pot at least 12 inches wide with drainage holes in the bottom. Fill the pot halfway with potting soil. Arrange three plants in a triangle in the pot. Add soil to cover the plants’ roots, press them in place, and add additional soil to level the surface.

5
Place in the Sun

Keep your bouquet of basil in a sunny spot on your deck or patio, so it’s always handy when you need a sprig of everyone’s favorite herb.

6
Overwinter

Before the first frost, bring your container indoors and place in a sunny window.