thinning basil plants

Asked June 28, 2019, 10:54 AM EDT

Dear experts - I planted basil seeds in a large flower pot and now have numerous little seedlings about 1-2" high. Do I thin them by leaving a single stem for each desired plant? I have noted that when I have bought basil plants in pots, each plant seems to emerge from the soil as a several-stem cluster. Thanks as always. -Jim

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- yes, one stem = one plant. You can thin your pots leaving 1-2 plants per 12 inch diameter pot and move the thinned plants into additional containers.

You can squeeze in more plants (6 inch spacing) if you like to use smaller, more succulent leaves. In all situations, keep trimming them back so flowers and seeds don't form.