Water basil regularly to maintain lush, flavorful leaves


Knowing how often to water basil can be tricky due to various factors like plant age, weather, and soil. Basil needs 1 to 2 inches of water per week but adjusts based on its environment.

In pots, basil needs more frequent watering than in garden beds. Terracotta pots dry out faster than plastic ones. Outdoor potted basil may need water every 1 to 3 days in summer, and indoor basil, once a week.


Basil seeds and seedlings indoors usually need daily watering. Water gently to keep the soil moist, especially for delicate seedlings.

Overwatering basil causes brown/black spots, yellow leaves, and wilted stems. Let the soil dry out between watering to prevent this. Underwatering shows as wilted, crispy leaves and dry soil. Water promptly and increase frequency if needed.

Water basil in the morning directly to the soil to prevent leaf diseases. Water slowly to ensure deep soil penetration for strong roots.

Adding compost and mulch helps retain soil moisture. Use well-draining pots to prevent root rot, and consider soil moisture meters to gauge watering needs accurately.

For travelers, drip irrigation systems or self-watering planters can maintain basil hydration during absences.

Understanding basil’s watering needs and following these tips ensures healthy, thriving plants.

Re-reported the article originally published in Better homes & gardens

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