Selecting a Growing Location
Basil can be grown in a pot or directly in the ground. When growing basil in a pot, ensure that there is adequate drainage at the bottom of the pot. Lining the bottom of the pot with coarse gravel or small rocks will ensure adequate drainage and allow the roots to grow freely. If growing outside directly in the ground, ensure the soil is weed free and moist before planting.
Basil thrives and grows tall and strong when it receives lots of sunshine, at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. If possible, plant your basil in south or west facing direction which will ensure the maximum amount of sunlight per day.
The best time to grow basil is in the summer when temperatures are warm and the sun shines the longest. The colder the temperature, the slower the basil plant will grow and the smaller the plant will be.