Caring for your Basil Starter Plant

Most often when you purchase our Basil plant, it will be ready to cut and use. The question I get the most is, “How do I pinch my Basil back?”. The idea is to pinch the top of your plant when you can see the two new laterals forming. It’s best to wait until they have actually formed into a small leaf. Pinch off the top and use!  You will probably be tempted to pinch off all of the tops, but I suggest only picking a couple of the larger ones. Leave the side leaves until your plant is well established.  If you cannot plant your basil in the garden, you can keep it in a warm, sunny window. Keep moist, but don’t over water.