Extend your harvest of flavorful basil well into fall by starting plants now. You can start from seed, root cuttings, adopt young seedlings or use all three methods.
Best of all, young basil plants can be brought indoors when the weather gets cool. Keep them in a sunny window through the first few weeks of winter.
Plant a container with your favorite variety, or combine red and green basil for more color in the planter and on the plate.
Grow a Bouquet of Beautiful Basil:
- Sow seeds directly into a 12” 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.
- Cut stems without flower buds 6” 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” long.
- Separate and transplant crowded seedlings into individual containers. Water well and keep in a shady place for a few days.
- For a container of three plants, choose a pot at least 12” 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.
- 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.
- Before the first frost, bring your container indoors and place in a sunny window.