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Growing Basil


Here's our top basil growing trick. We've tried growing basil from seeds and haven't been too successful in the past so some years ago Martin came up with this way to ensure a steady crop all spring and summer long.


We get fresh potted basil in the grocery store.


Cut all the stems off at dirt level and stick them in a glass of water for a couple of weeks…


…after which the ends look like this. Hairy little things.


Get a flower pot out and fill with potting soil…


… and plant the hairy legs in there and water well. They will continue to grow for a loooong time and when you cut the tops off new growth will emerge. We usually keep a small pot like this in the kitchen window and huge pots outside as soon as the risk of frost is over. Basil can't stand frost, one cold night and it will all have been in vain.

Also basil needs to be watered pretty often so keep a watering can close by. Ours in the top photo is an attachment for Pet bottles, works like treat!


EDIT MINI UPDATE: Martin spoke to the vet a little earlier and Mini may possibly have her surgery already tonight and if they are able to and if everything goes as well as we hope she may be home tomorrow already! Fingers and toes and everything else crossed!!!


  • Thank you so much for this post! Basil is the one herb I’ve been interested in growing in our kitchen. I have no experience whatsoever; your how-to is much appreciated.

  • NancyV908 says:

    Thanks, Benita. I was recently thinking that this will be the year I try my hand at growing herbs. I’ve been leery because I have so little sun in the yard or any windowsills.
    But why do you cut the stems off & put them in water, rather than just transplanting the whole plant (or sectioning it & then transplanting)? Just curious. Thanks!

  • What a relevant and timely post for me. My children and I are currently growing basil from seeds and I wouldn’t say that we’ve been very successful. Perhaps we should try what you’ve done and we’ll see how it works.

  • Tricia says:

    I do the exact same thing, with the exact same bunches from the grocery store. Although I don’t grow basil indoors. I only grow it outside in a container over the warm months. And I just take the whole thing out of the plastic wrap and plunk it right into the soil in my planting container outside. Our last frost date is end of this month so I won’t do this until mid-May, which is when I plant our tomatoes also. Basil and tomatoes, add some buffalo mozzarella, and you’ve got a delish caprese salad!
    Also, from those outside plants, I make periodic batches of pesto and freeze the pesto in ice cube trays and then remove the cubes and keep them in the freezer as little cubes of pesto that can be thawed out and used with pasta.

  • Lola says:

    I’m so happy for Mini – maybe she’ll realize that staying in is much safer!

  • Chroma Lab says:

    I hope Mini’s surgery is swift and successful, and that the sweet girl can be back home soon!

  • E. Floyd says:

    Good luck with Mini’s surgery! May she recover quickly with no lasting affects. It is so scary to have a pet in the vet hospital. Your family and pets are in my thoughts!

  • Sara says:

    I’m checking in to see about Mini, but love your basil growing trick. Thrilled about Mini, and will keep thinking good thoughts. Sara

  • Cheese says:

    Hi Benita,
    I’ve the exact same query! Why cut them off rather than just sectioning and planting?
    We have had very bad luck trying to grow basil in the past! This year I’m planting a version called ‘Sacred Basil’ which apparently is better suited to colder climates. You can read about it on my blog about growing food on an eight square metre balcony.
    Good to hear Mini should be able to come home soon!!

  • quinn says:

    Best wishes to Mini! 🙂

  • tracy says:

    what a great tip – i have had such little joy with basil from seed so shall give this way a try
    hope that you have good news about mini and that she is home soon
    t x

  • Martin says he tried just potting the whole clump of soil and roots but that they soon withered. With this new fresh root growth it works better apparently. He’s the chief of Basil in our house so I just do as I’m told 🙂

  • Hanna says:

    Hi Benita,
    about 10 years ago, my cat was hit by a car, too. His jaw was broken, too and so was his skull. He also lost several teeth and bit off a piece of his tongue. He underwent several surgerys and still has a metal junction that holds his jaw to the rest of his head. The therapy was very expensive, but sure worth it, as he is still alive and kickin´, sitting next to me and purring as I type this. He´s 19 now and a lovely cat. I just wanted to tell you: it is possible that Mini is going to come back! Don´t give up the hope!

  • glenda says:

    Oh how wonderful about Mini. I’ll be checking in tomorrow for updates!!!!

  • Rachel says:

    Oh what a great idea, I love this!
    I hope Mimi gets through surgery smoothly and comes home soon! I’ve been thinking about her.

  • Jess says:

    I grow basil & oregano in yellow pots in my kitchen, near the window. They like the sun a lot. The plants will even change growing direction to go towards the light, haha.

  • Thessa says:

    Best wishes for Mini. Get well soon!!
    I love basil. I’ll follow Martin instructions and do as he tells.

  • valeria says:

    I have been thinking of Mini. I hope she will have minor problems and that she will come home before the weekend! xxxx

  • CarolineB says:

    We do the same thing with many herbs from our garden and the store. Things that have rooted successfully: mint, rosemary, oregano, thyme, & basil. Some take longer than others to grow roots (parsley cilantro and chives don’t root, by the way).
    I hope Mini will be all well soon!

  • carol k says:

    Your Basil is inspiring! We are rooting for Mini and sending her lots of love and best wishes!

  • Gretchen says:

    Good Luck for Mini!!!

  • Miss VanDroo says:

    Love the Basil idea. Never would have thought of that!
    Love the **Mini Update** even more. Yippee!

  • madilla says:

    What a great and helpfull post!! I LOVE basil, especially making pesto from it!
    Recently a bought a fresh pot for the kitchen but it just died in a couple of days after I cut some leaves for the pesto.
    Will defenitily try this!

  • Thank you for the ice cube tip! Had forgotten that one. Will remind Martin too!

  • samarahuel says:

    I have bought potted basil from the grocery store, but when I bring it home it withers and dies within a week. I am wondering if the trees around our apartment are just choking out the sun too much, or if it is something else. Also, on one plant I noticed aphids one time, and after picking them off and spraying the plant with a solution that was supposed to get rid of them, the basil still died. All the other potted herbs I have tried to grow in this apartment have been short-lived as well. Rosemary lasted the longest, but I never did see new growth on it and it eventually became like an old, spent Christmas tree. So far I have blamed the shade. That, or my apartment is cursed.

  • jja says:

    I tried the same way but it didn’t work :-((( But those Pip till PET-flaska are great!

  • Fresh herbs are just the best – thanks for the tip 🙂

  • regina says:

    I was just telling my husband that we need to grow basil instead of buying it every week! Thanks for the awesome tips.