Tips For Growing Basil Indoors

Tips For Growing Basil Indoors

Last Updated On: October 24, 2021

Quick Care Tips

Medium Light: 6-8 hours in bright light. Less is okay but plant growth will slow.

Medium Water: Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Likes more water than most herbs but still susceptible to overwatering.

Easy: Basil is easy to grow and a good first choice. It can grow in small containers making it great for indoor gardeners.

Loved for a variety of culinary uses, Basil is an easy-to-grow indoors herb that you can harvest any time of the year. A sunny space is all thats required to grow this delicious herb.

Growing basil indoors is fairly easy, so even beginners will find their efforts are likely successful. With more than 150 different varieties available, basil is delightful to use in sauces, creams, and for a variety of additional culinary uses. Growing Basil indoors is rewarding both with a plentiful supply of this fresh herb and the feeling of accomplishment with the results of the fully grown herb. Read on to find out tips for growing basil indoors!

No matter which Basil variety you elect to grow, the basics for successful plants are the same. With the right pot, sunlight, and harvesting techniques, it is more than possible for you to grow a plentiful supply of delicious Basil year-round. Having a fresh supply of herbs in the winter is a truly wonderful thing, and is one of the great benefits of growing indoors.

Pots for Growing Basil Indoors

Selecting the perfect pot is the first step in successful Basil growth. The pot chosen for your Basil should be one that allows water to properly drain. Over watering can do grave damage to your plant!

Our general suggestion is clay pots with a few drainage holes at the bottom. These pots are plentiful and cheap providing an excellent starting point for most gardeners. Clay pots naturally whisk away water, which helps to prevent overwatering, one of the easiest ways to kill a plant.

Once the best pot is selected, be sure that you purchase a potting mix that provides adequate nutrition for proper growth for the herb. Cactus mix works well, but is one of many soil choices. Most general purpose potting soils you can buy at home improvement stores will work just fine also. You also opt to use herb specific mixes if you so choose.

Growing From Cuttings

An interesting option for basil growing is starting from cuttings. If you have an existing basil plant you can use a small piece of it to grow an entirely new plant.

We have a dedicated guide that you can check out if interested. If not, growing from a seedling or seeds are perfectly good options.


You’ll want to water when the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch. Simply feel the top inch of the soil, and it’s still wet hold off on watering. Basil is a bit heavier on the water needs than some other herbs, but it’s still prone to overwatering. Waiting for the soil to dry a bit helps prevent this.

When watering, thoroughly saturate the soil. You’ll want to see water leaking out of the drainage holes as this means the soil has reached its limit.


To create the best environment for your basil plant ensure that the plant is placed in a windowsill (or other chosen area) that gets a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight each day. Basil thrives in sun rich environments, more so than many other herbs.

You also want to ensure that the plant is in a slightly humid enviroment. If humidity levels are low in your growing location it’s okay to give the plant a light misting with water. This helps ensure the plant doesn’t dry out between waterings.

Proper Basil growing temperatures range from 60 to 75 degrees. This means most homes will be optimal temperature for growing. It’s also very common to move the plant outdoors during the summer, and then transplant it back in the colder seasons.

How long does it take to Grow Basil?

Germination of Basil takes approximately five days, while usable herb is available within four to five weeks of planting. Peak harvesting is at eight to 12 weeks of planting. Keep the room temperatures appropriate and take other care measures to ensure that your Basil growth occurs within this time frame. Basil is fairly hardy, and will likely grow even with suboptimal care. This however will lead to less harvestable plant.

Harvesting Your Basil

Harvesting basil can be done as soon as the leaves reach the desired size. Simply pull them off gently and they’re ready to use. You want to make sure that you never harvest more than 1/3 of the available leaves to ensure that the plant can continue to grow.

You also want to make sure that you remvove any white flowers that may be blooming. This helps increase the length that your basil will produce tasty leaves.

Don’t be afraid to cut back the plant a bit during harvesting as well. A good pruning schedule actually helps the plant grow back bigger and stronger.

You should also be looking prune back the plant even if you don’t plant on using the basil. This will keep the plant healthy, and it will grow back even larger.

Tips For Growing Basil Indoors

  • Planting a tomato plant beside your Basil promotes healthy growth, this is a classic example of companion gardening.
  • Keep the Basil soil moist but not overly drenched. Watering once per week is a common pattern but depends on the enviroment.
  • Plants should be spaced 6-12 inches apart if using a large container and planting multiple plants.
  • With adequate care, Basil plants grow to a height of one to two feet. Pick the leaves regularly to ensure growth.
  • For the strongest, most flavorful Basil, use it fresh as soon as it is picked.

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