How to Grow Basil


  • Sowing Instructions
  • How to Transplant
  • Crop Maintenance
  • How to Harvest

Sowing Instructions

  • Sowing Time: February to June
  • Sowing Location: Sow indoors
  • Sow in seed trays (such as 24 cell seed trays or single cell seed trays)
  • Sow thinly
  • Sowing Depth: 1cm deep
  • Soak soil before sowing
  • After sowing, lightly cover basil seeds with soil  
  • Germination after 2 weeks

How to Transplant

  • Pinch out seedlings 6 weeks after germination into 9cm pots
  • Transplant again once seedlings are 12 – 15cm tall (or if they reach a height & stop growing)
  • Transplant into 1L pots or larger
  • Position pots in a sunny position, best grown indoors or in greenhouse
  • Transplanting will increase the soil's nutrients & growing conditions

Crop Maintenance

  • Basil requires similar growing conditions to tomatoes - warmth & sunlight, fertile soil & moisture
  • Keep plants indoors - can move outdoors during the day in warm weather
  • Keep moist at all times
  • Aphids can be a problem indoors
  • Wash off with soapy water on a regular basis until all signs of pest have gone
  • A fly catcher will also help to control aphids
  • Basil will not tolerate frost

How to Harvest

  • Wait until plants are large enough and have a number of leaves
  • Pick off the oldest leaves to harvest
  • Allow time between harvests so plant can recover


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