Another Tip For Growing Basil

I was just thinking about the earlier post I made on Thinning Out Your Seedlings and I have another tip for growing basil for you. You could just let your basil plants grow into whatever form they take, or you could pinch out the growing tip when they’re about 15-20cm tall (6 to 8 inches).

Take a look at this photo:

basil pinched

See how I’ve pinched out the tip of the plant? The tip (about 4 good sized leaves went into my scrambled eggs – yum) has been removed a little above two new side shoots. This helps keep your plant nice and bushy, rather than letting it become sparce and leggy.

Another tip I want to share is that if you see your basil plants starting to flower (cute little white flowers) and you want to encourage your basil to last long into autumn – even winter in some climates – pinch out any flower spikes. Your plant will want to grow a bit more to send out more flowers, so it will last longer.

Of course, if you want to save your own seed for next spring, then allow some of the flowers to stay and let them go on to product seed. Harvest the seeds when they are dry, usually late autumn.

Happy Organic Gardening, Healthy Living…

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4 Responses to “Another Tip For Growing Basil”

  1. thanks for your helpful tips. i learned from your posts that urine (diluted 1:5) can be applied to garden and fruit trees as organic liquid fertilizer. as humans, of course, we all produce urine daily. can or should that source be applied DAILY to our garden plants and fruit trees? are there any guidelines as to the quantity and frequency of this liquid fertilizer?

    regards, robin
    (California, US)

  2. Hi Robin,
    I wouldn’t use any liquid fertilizer on a daily basis on any plant/s. Just remember that fertilizer is food for plants and when they get it in liquid form it’s like force feeding them in a way – especially those in pots. I’d probably only apply it weekly or even fortnightly, but if you’ve got enough plants you can still use it every day, just on different plants.
    Hope this helps,
    Warmly,
    Julie

  3. thanks for the growing tips

  4. I have read many times how to make basil grow bigger and fuller, yet every time i try i end up with one straight tall plant, I know i’m doing something wrong but I can’t figure out what!

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