My Basil Plant!


Do you buy basil plants from the supermarket when you need some fresh leaves for a recipe? Yes, well me too! I buy the potted plant, put it on my kitchen windowsill, use up the leaves as much as possible, then bin it.

Not this time though! After reading a great post over at An Ode To Mung Beans I thought I’d try re-potting it instead of throwing it away.

As you can see from the photo, the basil plant has absolutely thrived – I definitely recommend you try this.

When you first buy it, re-pot it straight into a flower pot that is about four times the size of the one it is already in. Add plenty of fresh soil/compost (I had some ordinary multi-purpose compost left from the summer) and make sure all the root areas are totally covered, and water.

This basil plant has been going for some time and new leaves are still appearing.


10 thoughts on “My Basil Plant!

  1. I’m so glad you paired about this because I keep buying loads of basil. When I grow it I get one crop of leaves and that’s it. Are they meant to grow more leaves? What’s the trick? I’m putting up a recipe with loads of basil in it tonight, I hope you’ll check it out x

    1. The Veggie Green

      I think the trick is to re-pot the plant, presumably it gives it more root space and nourishment from the new soil. Let me know how you get on if you try this! I’ll definitely be checking out your recipe later!!! :)

    2. If you remove all of the leaves, they’re unlikely to grow back. If you look for leaves that have new growth coming out of the join between the leaf and the main stem, cut down the stem to just above the new growth. You can cut quite a lot of basil this way and use it, but the plant should survive and keep producing new growth. I’ve kept supermarket basil going for months and months using this method. I hope this makes sense. If it doesn’t let me know and I’ll try and take a picture.

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