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How to Grow Basil from Seed

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

It seems people either have a love or hate relationship with growing basil from seed. If you are doing something wrong, basil has a tendency to wilt and die. When done right, your basil plant will flourish and grow you a continuous supply of fresh basil. Homemade pesto anyone? Let's take a look at some tips on how to grow basil from seed indoors or outdoors.

How to grow basil from seed in a pot indoors or outdoors year round.

Basil Varieties

There are many different varieties and specialty flavors of basil. The most common type is sweet basil. Other varieties include purple, lemon and Thai basil. My favorite variety is the Genovese Basil.

How to Plant Basil Seeds

When seeding sweet basil, plant seeds about two inches apart in your pot and cover with a thin layer of soil then water with warm water. This means, for a 6 inch round pot you should end up with about 5 seeds.

Zappa Seeds has a beautiful mixed blend basil, Genovese basil, and large leaf Italian basil.

Print out my Seeding Guide to find out when I like to plant my spring basil.

How to Grow Basil From Cuttings

If you have access to an established basil plant you can easily grow basil from cuttings by cutting a 4 inch section off and placing it in water for a week. It should begin to grow roots in that time. Once visible roots are established plant your basil into a pot with soil.

How to grow basil from cuttings.  Learn about growing basil indoors or outdoors year round.  This is Genovese Basil.
Grow basil from cuttings by placing the cutting in water.

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