Planting Basil

cookie8(zone 5 ON)May 9, 2009

How do you grow your basil - do you plant individual seedlings or clusters of say 5-20? Thanks.

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rj_hythloday(8A VA)

I grew seedlings under lights and planted out w/ my toms. Many people grow direct from seed in the garden. Last year my wife planted a container full of seeds. It had at least 30 or 40 that never got more than a couple inches tall. The one I planted seperate grew about 4ft tall. I grew about 18 from seed that were 5'' to 12'' when I planted them out. I expect ea of them to be 3-4ft tall.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 12:43PM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Seperate, as if they are bunched they compete and will all be stunted.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 2:52PM
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cookie8(zone 5 ON)

Thanks. I bought two plants of basil (lime and Thai) with probably 30+ clumped together in a 3"pot. I will thin majorly.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 1:22PM
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How do you grow your basil

Direct sowing about the time I plant the corn and beans. I never start it indoors.


    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 7:39PM
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You can start the seeds closely. Once they grow true leaves you can separate them and transplant them anywher, anyway you want. In one cell of 12 pack nursery tray I had abot 6-8 seedlings.Now they are transplanted into pots and in the garden and growing. The trick is that you water them (almost soak them in water)before separating/transplanting.
Water thoroughly again after planting. Flood them gently, to pack the soil around the roots/to get the air out.
Also, do it later in the day.So by the next morning sunshine they will have time to adjust. Of course, the seedling must have been exposed/hardened to outdoor/full sun for a few days befor transplanting.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 11:18PM
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I plant the young basil, started from seed in my greenhouse, in the garden around May 1st. They're spaced about 18" apart.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2009 at 3:35AM
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shapiro(5a Ontario)

I have found that basil is VERY tolerant of being transplanted, especially if you transplant on a cool and/or cloudy day plus make a point of giving it extra water, just with a watering can, for a few days.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2009 at 10:22AM
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