Basil Seed Starting Kit (Ceramic Pot) 2PK | Ceramic Pot

Basil Seed Starting Kit (Ceramic Pot)

2PK | Ceramic Pot

Ready to start a new gardening adventure? Bonnie Plants® Basil Seed Starting Kit gives you everything you need to grow your favorite herb from seed! The kit includes a pretty pot, soil, your favorite non-GMO Genovese Basil seeds, and easy-to-follow growing instructions. Simply fill the planter with soil, sprinkle the seeds on top, press them into the soil, water well, place in a warm spot under light—and soon, you’ll see sweet baby basil plants appear!

Make sure to keep the soil moist (but not soggy) as your basil grows. The drainage hole in the bottom of the pot helps prevent overwatering. If the pot becomes overcrowded with too many basil seedlings, gently remove a few and use the leaves to enjoy as microgreens. Before you know it, you’ll be harvesting fabulous, flavorful basil for pesto, caprese salad, tomato sauce—all of your favorite recipes! Basil prefers 6 to 8 hours of sun. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, and feed with a liquid fertilizer two weeks after the seeds sprout. Basil seeds typically germinate in 14 to 18 days and will be ready to harvest in 80 to 90 days. Use the seed kit indoors year round or grow outside when the danger of frost has passed. You’ll love the pleasure of growing your own basil from seed!

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

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Light requirements: Full sun is ideal, but plants can grow in part shade.

Planting: Space 8 to 18 inches apart, depending on type. (Read the stick tag that comes with the plant for specific spacing recommendations.)

Soil requirements: Plants grow best in rich, moist but well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Work organic matter into soil before planting to add fertility and improve moisture retention. In containers, use premium quality potting soil.

Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist through the growing season. Add a mulch layer to slow water evaporation from soil. In containers, water whenever the top inch of soil is dry.

Frost-fighting plan: Basil is very frost-tender and damaged by temperatures below 40º F. Use a frost blanket to protect newly planted seedlings from late spring frosts or prolong the fall growing season.

Common issues: Pinch flower buds to keep plants from bolting. Once flowers form, leaf flavor changes. Pests to watch out for: aphids, slugs, Japanese beetles, and earwigs. Fungal diseases sometimes occur in humid climates, and root rot is common in poorly drained soil.

Growing tips: Pinch or prune basil plants as they grow to promote branching and bushiness. Never cut into the woody parts of a stem; plants won’t resprout.

Harvesting: Pick leaves at any point in the growing season. Choose individual leaves, or snip leafy stems to the length you desire.

Storage: Cut basil stems and place in water like a fresh bouquet. They’ll last for weeks, provided you remove any leaves below the water line and change water regularly. Never place basil in the refrigerator; the cold air damages leaves. Preserve basil by freezing or in herbal vinegars.

For more information, visit the Basil page in our How to Grow section.

Nutrition Facts

5 leaves, fresh:
  • Calories: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Dietary fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Vitamin A: 3% DV
  • Vitamin C: 1%
  • Vitamin K: 13%
  • Vitamin B6: 0%
  • Folate: 0%
  • Potassium: 0%
  • Manganese: 1%

Nutritional Information

Packed with Vitamin K, fresh basil helps with blood clotting and aids in bone strength. Used medicinally for its antioxidants and antibacterial properties, basil oil provides an immune system boost and combats aging and skin ailments. A member of the mint family, basil is native to India, Asia, and Africa, and its sweet aroma often infuses Mediterranean dishes. To maintain flavor and color when cooking with fresh basil, mix in the bright green leaves during the last few minutes. You can also crush the leaves with a mortar and pestle to maximize the herb’s hearty flavor. Basil freezes well; just wash and dry thoroughly before tightly sealing in freezer bags.