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Soil for Basil.

Discussion in 'Herbs' started by Michael Birch, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. Okay, so I'm trying to grow Sweet Basil for my first time. I made my own soil mix of 1 part top soil, 1 part sphagnum peat moss, 1 part vermiculite. Will this mixture work okay or should I be using something else that is better?
     
  2. A bit late for your climate.
    Soil mix will work in a large container that you can keep properly watered.
    You can go wet and dry as i recall?
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mine is doing great in a South facing window, planted in Walmart Potting Soil. So far the Basil seems pretty forgiving...JJ
     
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    It will grow fine in that mix as Jimmy stated it's pretty forgiving and will grow in most soils
     
  5. Thanks guys, any recommendations for fertilizer?
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have good results with Jobe Organic. A scoop per gallon water. Stinks to High Heaven, but seem to give good results. In potted plants we wet down with Jobe's every 2 weeks...JJ
     
  7. Anything with high Nitrogen (the first number in X-Y-Z) Miracle-Gro is 24-8-16
     
  8. johnmeyer

    johnmeyer Master of the Pit

    How long does your basil in an indoor pot? We buy ours, already mostly-grown, at the grocery store. We cut off the top leaves when we need some, and it re-leafs pretty quickly. However, the leaves, after about 6-8 weeks, start getting really small. Is the plant just finished, or can I do something to extend how long I can use each plant?
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Periodically move to a larger pot. It will grow fuller. Tops can be cut, just below the nodes, and put up in water to root. Once you got some root growth, place in soil and grow clones. Don't be afraid to cut further down than just the tops. More cutting = more growing...JJ
     
  10. johnmeyer

    johnmeyer Master of the Pit

    Thanks! So basically, re-pot when it begins to decline.
    I didn't know I could propagate basil. I'll have to try that.
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Surely you have heard the saying, " Give it Room to Grow! " To keep growing big strong stems and and big leaves, you need a big root system. Once the roots fill a small pot, they can't find enough food to sustain big growth. Given more real-estate, virtually Any plant can keep growing bigger...

    Good info...JJ