Basil, one of the most delicious cooking herbs, is so easy to grow that everyone should have their own basil plants in their homes! Today we'll show you how to grow basil indoors. Basil is not only great in all kinds of different dishes, but it's also one of the best medicinal plants to grow at home. Its strong, yet earthy and refreshing flavor brings a ton of depth to salads, soups, stews, and other dishes.

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First off, you'll need to decide whether you want to grow basil from seeds or purchase an already started basil plant. You can purchase basil plants at your local nursery or even online. But whichever option you choose, the rules below will apply to both!

If you decide to grow basil from seed, simply follow the directions on the package to hatch the seedlings. Once the seedlings have been hatched, transplant your basil plant into its final pot. The pot should be a small to medium sized pot as it does not require a lot of room.


Grow your basil plant in a well drained, nutrient-rich soil. One of the best ways to guarantee a healthy basil plant is in fact the quality of the soil, so make sure you don't skimp on that!


Basil is prone to root rot, so while it's important that the soil stays moist, it's equally important that the soil is not soggy. Therefore, choose a pot with a good drainage system and constantly check the soil to make sure it's just right.


To grow basil indoors, you'll need a household organic fertilizer. Because it won't be getting its nutrients from the great outdoors, make sure to choose a good, quality fertilizer to help it along.


To grow basil indoors, your plant will need at least 6 hours of sun. Place your basil in a sunny window that faces the South.

Follow these rules to grow beautiful basil indoors and enjoy your herb all year long!

Happy Planting!

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