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ChicagoPete
Mar 26, 2018 11:01 AM CST
Hi I just took some basil seeds and put them in a wet paper towel and zipped them up in a zip lock bag. They just barely started sprouting. How long should the sprouts be before planting and how deep do you plant them? I plan on planting them in containers inside before moving them to our roof top.
Thank you!
Pete
Chicago IL


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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 26, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Plant them now. 1/4 inch deep.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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ChicagoPete
Mar 26, 2018 11:26 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Plant them now. 1/4 inch deep.


Thank you! So I bury them completely? Theyre only an 1/8 to 1/4 inch in size.

This is my first attempt so any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Mar 26, 2018 8:00 PM CST
ChicagoPete said:

Thank you! So I bury them completely? Theyre only an 1/8 to 1/4 inch in size.

This is my first attempt so any advice is appreciated. Thanks.


I just plant a few in cels 1/8" deep and sprinkle vermiculite on them. They all came up and are growing nicely. I'll choose the best 2 and plant them in the pots on the south-facing deck.

Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
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Zuni
Mar 28, 2018 12:42 AM CST
@ChicagoPete Since you already sprouted them, I'd put soil in a pot you want to grow them in (pick one that drains well), then, wet the soil really well (but don't leave it sitting in a dish with water in it - you want the soil to be able to freely drain out of the pot, without it sitting in water), then put the sprouts on top of the soil. Then, just barely cover them up with some more soil. Don't pack it down. Then, just spritz the soil on top with a spray bottle.

Basil gets pretty big, so you will want them to end up with just one plant per pot, with a pot of around 6" or bigger. At least, that's what I'd do.

Next time (or if you have any more seeds you want to use) just put the seeds into the pot of wet soil directly, and cover them with about 1/4 inch of soil and spray it like above.

I have some sprouting under a grow light I hung over my work bench. I just got some jiffy peat pots. Like these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0097WAG7Y/

I actually got mine from Home Depot, but the pic on the Amazon site shows how they expand.

Then, after they start to get too big in the peat pot, I'll transplant the whole thing into a bigger pot of soil.

Enjoy your basil! Are you growing yours indoors, too?
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ChicagoPete
Mar 28, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Zuni said:@ChicagoPete Since you already sprouted them, I'd put soil in a pot you want to grow them in (pick one that drains well), then, wet the soil really well (but don't leave it sitting in a dish with water in it - you want the soil to be able to freely drain out of the pot, without it sitting in water), then put the sprouts on top of the soil. Then, just barely cover them up with some more soil. Don't pack it down. Then, just spritz the soil on top with a spray bottle.

Basil gets pretty big, so you will want them to end up with just one plant per pot, with a pot of around 6" or bigger. At least, that's what I'd do.

Next time (or if you have any more seeds you want to use) just put the seeds into the pot of wet soil directly, and cover them with about 1/4 inch of soil and spray it like above.

I have some sprouting under a grow light I hung over my work bench. I just got some jiffy peat pots. Like these:


I actually got mine from Home Depot, but the pic on the Amazon site shows how they expand.

Then, after they start to get too big in the peat pot, I'll transplant the whole thing into a bigger pot of soil.

Enjoy your basil! Are you growing yours indoors, too?




Hi thanks for the response. Yes Im growing indoors for now. I have rooftop deck I plan to make a container garden on. Just getting started.

Thanks again,

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