Watering Basil

When watering basil, do not water the leaves but only the base of the plant as the leaves are easy to damage and do not need water themselves. Water as needed, everyday or every other day, to ensure the soil is moist but not damp. It is often better to water more every few days as needed instead of watering a little everyday.

With that said, basil is still a very hardy plant and can usually handle being over or under watered.

Saving A Wilted Basil Plant

Wilted basil plant before being watered

Wilted basil plant before being watered

Basil thrives in warm weather and needs constant watering when it’s hot. So you forget to water your plant for a couple of days in the heat of the summer and the next thing you know, your plant is wilted and you think it is dead. More likely than not, your plant can be saved.

If your plant looks dead or wilted, it might be able to be saved. If you forgot to water the plant for a couple weeks, it might not be able to be saved. But if you forgot to water it for a few days, odds are you can save the plant.

Check the stems. If they are still green, and not brown, water the plant until the soil is damp. Over watering is OK in this situation.

After watering your wilted plant, place it in a sunny location and wait a few hours. There is not much else to it. If the plant can be saved, after an hour, the plant should start to respond to the watering.

Wilted basil plant coming back to life after an hour

Wilted basil plant coming back to life after an hour

Most of the leaves should begin sprouting back to life after an hour or two. The leaves are probably still weak and you can water again. If a few stems do not respond to the water, they can be pruned. After watering, wait another hour or two.

Wilted to healthy basil only a few hours after watering

Wilted to healthy basil only a few hours after watering

Your basil plant, which only hours ago looked dead and wilted, should be strong and healthy once again. Be sure to continue watering your plant to keep it healthy and repeat this process next time you forget to water your plant.