How to Plant Basil

Plant basil from seed or plants to enjoy this delicious herb in cooking image by clarita:


Gardeners who cook know the importance of fresh basil for a wide variety of recipes. For this reason, basil is a popular herb that occupies a prominent spot in many herb gardens. Whether you choose to grow basil from seed or transplant small plants, basil is not a difficult plant to grow successfully. Grow it both outdoors and in containers indoors for year-round fresh basil.

Plant Basil Seeds

Step 1

Plant basil seeds in a sunny location after all threat of frost has passed. Basil needs an average garden soil or general potting soil. Cover the seeds with 1/4-inch of soil and space the seeds approximately 1 inch apart.

Step 2

Spray the soil with the spray bottle to keep the soil evenly moist.

Step 3

Watch for the seedlings to emerge about one week after planting.

Step 4

Thin the seedlings to a spacing of 6 to 12 inches apart when six leaves have grown on the plants.

Grow Basil Plants

Step 1

Plant basil plants in a sunny location after the last spring frost. Dig a hole slightly larger than the basil plant's root ball.

Step 2

Remove the basil plant from the temporary container and carefully loosen some of the roots from around the edges of the root ball.

Step 3

Place the basil plant in the hole so that it is at the same level that it was in the temporary pot.

Step 4

Refill the hole with dirt and water generously. Press the dirt down firmly around the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Container (optional)
  • Potting soil (optional)
  • Spray bottle filled with water


  • Growing Basil
Keywords: Growing Basil, Planting Basil Seeds, Transplanting Basil

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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