Growing basil indoors may seem like a simple task, but growing basil outdoors is much more difficult.
“The biggest challenge in growing basil indoors is to get the right conditions,” says Joanna Pérez-Martínez, an entomologist at the University of California at Davis who studies basil.
The right soil mix and the right temperature can also play a role.
Pézrez-martínex says that basil can grow quickly indoors if the soil is well-drained and the temperature is well below freezing.
“But the temperatures should not be too hot, or too cold,” she says.
Growing basil outdoors, on the other hand, is much trickier.
“There are some rules about when basil should be grown outdoors,” says Pézo.
“It has to be in a well-mixed soil, which should be able to support the weight of basil and not get soggy,” she adds.
The main challenge is getting the right kind of soil to grow in.
“You need to get a mix of different kinds of soil,” says Michael Coughlin, an expert in plant sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
For example, he says, “it is very hard to find a good mix of soils in the US, especially in the northern part of the country.”
For example: the soil should be from a fertile sandy-brown or black clay soil, as opposed to clay-based soils such as silt, silt or clay.
You need to mix it with a mix that does not have a lot of organic matter in it.
It also has to have a pH level of about 7 or 8, which means that the plant is able to tolerate high levels of salt and acidity.
“For this reason, we can say that basil growing outdoors is more susceptible to drought,” says Coughlins.
Coughels says that the most effective way to get basil growing indoors is with a combination of both soil and fertilizers.
“If you use fertilizers like a good, organic mulch, you can put it indoors and grow it,” says the Georgia Tech professor.
Pertaining to basil, the best time to start growing basil in the field is the end of spring.
“When the plants are flowering, it is the right time to use the basil in your garden,” says Robert Cocker, a plant scientist at the Colorado State University.
Cocker says that, at this time, “we can expect that most of the time basil will be growing outdoors, because the plant can tolerate a lot more heat.”
“It is hard to get good drainage,” says David Cocker.
“And the soil in the garden is a very important factor in basil growing.”
Cocker points out that some growers grow basil indoors during the growing season, but it is not ideal.
“I don’t think it is ideal to have basil growing on a sunny window sill,” he says.
So, when it comes to growing basil outside, Cocker recommends a mix with lots of organic materials.
“In order to have enough basil growing in your house, you should also add a little bit of mulch to help with drainage,” he adds.
But how long can basil grow indoors?
In order to get long-term basil growing, the plants need to be exposed to sunlight and a lot humidity.
Perez-Martietz says that “a good indoor basil plant should have the capacity to survive for several years.”
So, if you have lots of basil growing at home, it’s probably best to start indoors.
But, Pélez-Martinez says, if the plant does not grow in the house and needs a new plant, “you can also use an indoor basil,” like a tomato or potato.
“So if the basil is not growing in the soil and the soil does not support it, you need to remove it,” she notes.
Pecos is a well known basil growing area in California, and it is also known for its rich variety of herbs.
“Bacardi is an expert at growing basil,” says James M. Epp, a botanist at the Botanical Garden of the University, of Long Beach, California.
The plant, which is native to Europe, can grow anywhere from 1.5 to 10 feet tall.
It is not the easiest plant to grow outdoors, he adds, because of the low humidity.
Growing in the sun is easier, because it is more efficient at getting the humidity right.
Growing outdoors in a cool place with a little breeze is also easier, since the plants will have plenty of shade.
“To get good indoor growing, you have to be able get good soil,” Epp says.
Pembrokeshire, England, also has a long tradition of growing basil.
“Growing basil is like a family business, because you have a number of different varieties,” says Mark M. Dornan, a specialist in the cultivation of