Growing basil indoors may seem awkward and intimidating at first but it can be fairly straight forward when you actually start growing these wonderful herbs. The basil must be planted in a nutrient-rich and well drained soil as soil type is a major factor in planting any kind of plants. The soil required for successful basil growing indoors must be moist and it should not be soggy. Therefore you must acquire a pot with an adequate drainage; otherwise the roots of your basil plant have a great possibility to rot.
A container grown basil requires fertilizing. A general fertilizer can be used but the most common use of basil is for food flavoring, thus it is preferable to use an organic fertilizer. Organic fertilizer gives dual benefits; it does not only fertilize the soil it also maintains the proper pH levels of the soil.
The pH level for basil growing indoors is about 6.0 to 7.5. These pH levels are major aspects that could affect the growth of the basil plant. You must always check the pH levels to attain the optimal growth of the plant.
To achieve the desirable results the basil plant must be planted in a terracotta herb pot. For this you will need the following:
- Organic/General fertilizer
- Terracotta Herb pot (much more like a strawberry planter)
- Potting Mix
- 8 Basil plants of different variety
1. First, get the terracotta pot and soak it in a bucketful of water. This method could prevent the pot to absorb the moisture from the potting mix.
2. Then, put potting mix that already been enriched by a fertilizer to the level of the first row of holes.
3. Alternately plant green and purple basil varieties in the first row and make sure the roots are well. Continue filling the pot.
4. Plant the remaining basil plants and put an extra potting mix in the uppermost layer.
5. Place your herb pot in a sunny window where it can get enough light, water it daily especially during dry seasons. Trim the flower heads and use a liquid fertilizer fortnightly.
Basil plants are not only used for food flavoring, it is also an insect repellent. Place the basil plant near certain areas and bruise few leaves to release its pungent aroma. As an insect repellent you can save insecticides for your garden, you can make it as a plant companion to guard your i.e., tomatoes against its pest.
Light is one of the major needs for plants to survive. They have this green pigmentation called chlorophyll to catch sunlight which helps to process their own food. Container grown basil is preferably placed near a sunny window where it could get sufficient sunlight. Basil plants can also be grown by the use of artificial light. Using fluorescent light for ten hours can make the basil plant grow properly. Basil plants can grow both under natural and artificial light alternately. Basil growing indoors is an effortless task but later on the healthy growth of the plant may require re-potting.
Just by following these easy steps and tips you can have your own delicious, all-natural insect repellent basil herbs as a reward all year round.
Alen Sultanic is a Herb Gardening enthusiast. He owns and maintains a herb garden and teaches others how to on Basil Growing Indoors. A resource for herb gardening hobbyists.