Basil plants like to stay moist and require around 1 inch of water per week. Water deeply at least once per week to encourage deep root growth and constantly moist soil. Basil in containers requires more frequent waters. Test your soil frequently for indoor, container basil. You can poke your finger about one inch down into the soil to feel the moisture. Or, use a wooden skewer or Popsicle stick to test the soil. If the wood comes out clean, your soil is too dry.
Your basil plant requires little to no fertilization. In fact, using too much fertilizer will kill the natural flavors of the plant.
Pink leaves from the tips of your basil as soon as the plant has two sets of true leaves to encourage the plant to grow full and bushy.
Harvest your plant regularly. Remove around 1/3 of the leaves each month. This practice will help your plant continue to grow.
Basil is versatile in cooking – try it on pizza!
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