Growing Basil Indoors

If you love basil, there is nothing more pleasant than the aroma of a fresh basil plant when walking by the plant. We grew it outdoors for the first time last year and the patio just smelled great. As winter approached, we thought it was a good idea to try and grow it indoors to get that same great fragrance and have fresh basil on hand for cooking. So, if you like basil, and want to grow it indoors without starting it from seed, here are the easy steps:

Start with the Cuttings

1. Take a cutting from your existing basil plant. Take maybe three to five leaves from one stem. Make sure it is not flowering.
2. Place the cutting in a glass of water so it can form roots. Keep the water clean. You may need to change it in about a week.

Wait for Roots

3. After about two weeks, roots will have formed on the cutting. Once the roots are about 1 to 1½ inches long, plant them directly into a container with damp soil.
4. Keep the soil well drained and moist and in a location that gives the plant five to six hours of sun or light per day.
5. Once the basil leaves have grown to the size you want, you can cut them off the plant by cutting the stem right above where the two large leaves meet. Also, if the plant begins flowering, pinch off the flowers and let the plant concentrate on growing the leaves. Once you cut the leaves, you can wash them and use them, or wash and dry them and put them in a plastic bag in the freezer.
That’s it. Very easy and worthwhile.

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