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Old 04-01-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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Growing basil indoors under lights

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How to Grow Basil Indoors | Growing Basil

Has anyone done this?

Since I have plenty of space under my Gro-lights I'm thinking of buying several starts of basil so I can pinch off of one then let it rest while going onto the next basil to behead.

I could plant seeds, but I'm impatient.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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I dig up whatever basil remains at the end of the season, pot it up and bring it inside. I have a nice pot of basil that's still growing from last year.

I say go for it.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:08 PM   #3
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I saved the seeds from my Thai and Italian basil from last season.
In fact, I sowed all my seeds yesterday.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:07 PM   #4
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I've had nothing but good luck with Basil indoors.
I start the seeds under artificial light but then move it to a southern exposed window. I grows rather quickly so go ahead and start with seeds.
If you put it outside you'll be very happy with the outcome.
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:05 PM   #5
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Basil is so easy to grow, and it's such a pretty herb. I love it. You won't have any problem growing it, cave.

I start mine from seed because they're so quick to germinate. I've never tried freezing excess basil, but I have dried it. Not quite the same as fresh, but far better than store bought dried basil. Have fun!
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:03 PM   #6
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Cheryl, it's definitely worth the time to freeze extra basil. I just put it in the blender with an equal amount of water, buzz it, and freeze in ice cube trays. It tastes just like fresh thrown into a pot of soup or sauce. Pesto freezes great, too.

I've never had any luck growing basil inside
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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My sister does. I'd love to. I'm sure the electric costs are HIGH.
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I dig up whatever basil remains at the end of the season, pot it up and bring it inside. I have a nice pot of basil that's still growing from last year.

I say go for it.
Moment of silliness - Who's head is in the pot?
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Basil is so easy to grow,
I wish it was! Can't grow it in the garden at all and have had no luck indoors with seeds over decades of trying. I've tried with seedlings from the garden centres and even the little pots from the supermarket. The only real luck I've had was with a couple of plants from Aldi's fresh herbs counter last year, which flourished right into the winter on the kitchen window ledge. (sigh!)
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Cheryl, it's definitely worth the time to freeze extra basil. I just put it in the blender with an equal amount of water, buzz it, and freeze in ice cube trays. It tastes just like fresh thrown into a pot of soup or sauce. Pesto freezes great, too.

I've never had any luck growing basil inside
I'll try it. I've read that basil turns an unappetizing blackish when frozen, that's why I haven't tried freezing it. Have you had that happen? Maybe when it's frozen in water, that prevents it from discoloring.
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