Basil Early

gjcoreFebruary 12, 2014

I've posted this in the herb forum but maybe people here have more experience with what I'm experimenting with.

Sometime back in December I decided to try growing basil indoors under grow lights/south window. They have actually done fairly well. Been able to harvest 20-30 leaves about 4 times per week to add to salads. The sweet basil, fino verde and siam queen are reasonably tasty the lime less so.

Anyways if I don't run out of space in my grow light area, which is a real possibility, I was thinking of keeping these basil plants going. Maybe just keep 2 of each variety as mother plants and harvest the rest. Then when the time comes I could take cuttings and rapidly increase the amount of plants. Theoretically these will be mostly sold at the plant sales.

Is this reasonable expectations? Am I setting myself up for cuttings that rapidly want to flower?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
myfamilysfarm

I don't do cuttings, it's just so easy to start basil from seed.

I have seen/heard people keep basil year around in the window sill in Indiana, zone 5.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 3:17AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

You can cut back by about 1/3 to manage under grow light.

Starting Basil:

1 - I have started some from seeds. Yesterday I separated and planted them in more pots. Now I have six 4 1/2" pots, each has about 6.

2 - Two weeks ago I bough a bunch of fresh Thai basil and started rooting in water. Now they have roots. I will pot them also into 4 1/2" pots, maybe 2 per pot. The ones started from seed are also Thai (Siames Queen) I will find out which method is better.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 7:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
barrie2m_

It does start so easy from seed and I think a younger plant has more market appeal. They devide easy also but I often leave 3-4 plants together in many pots and market customers choose the multiple plant pots first. My problem with the 200 cell flats is that I'm watering twice daily until I can transplant all.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 10:50PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Spinach harvest
Testing out these new forums, but I thought I would...
jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)
Tomato grafting
I've been thinking of trying it for a few years, and...
grow_life
Emergency: using unvented propane in greenhouse - help!
Hey everyone, I'm hoping someone with some experience...
secondspring
Winter markets, going better?
We had another winter market last Saturday. Due to...
jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)
Cash Rent for land
Quick question. I am looking for some ground to rent...
jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™