How to Plant Basil Seeds

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Basil is a simple herb to grow successfully, especially if you are new to herb gardening. Use basil leaves in your kitchen to flavor a variety of dishes. The highly aromatic herb adds a distinctive taste whether used fresh or dried. Plant in an outside herb garden or grow in a pot on a kitchen windowsill to keep the herb nearby. Basil is often grown outdoors as a companion plant to tomatoes. Sunshine is the primary requirement of a healthy basil plant.

Step 1

Prepare for sowing six to eight weeks before the last frost date in your area. Choose a 5- to 6-inch starter pot with drainage holes around the bottom.

Step 2

Place a ½-inch layer of gravel in the bottom to aid drainage. Fill the pot with soil on top the gravel.

Step 3

Set three to five basil seeds on top the pot an equal distance from each other. Cover in a thin layer of soil. Gently tamp it down with your fingertips.

Step 4

Place pot in a warm, sunny window. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Seeds will sprout within 10 days.

Step 5

Thin out the weakest seedlings once the strongest one has at least two sets of leaves. Move basil plant outside, if desired, after all danger of frost has passed.

Step 6

Harvest by cutting off leaves as needed. Use fresh or dry them for future use.

Tips and Warnings

  • Basil cannot tolerate frost at all. Move plants indoors if there is a danger of frost.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Gravel
  • Soil
  • Seeds


  • Gardening Patch
  • Gardening Know How
Keywords: planting basil, indoor herb gardening, container herbs

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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