How to transplant basil? The keys to getting there

basil transplant

If you were lucky and the basil you bought this summer has continued to grow, you are probably now looking for information on how to transplant the basil into another larger pot.

Or it could be that you bought one and the roots are protruding heavily from below. Anyway, what if we help you accomplish this task so that your plant continues to grow and develop healthily?


When to transplant basil

Basil leaves

You should know that the best time to transplant basil is in the spring, but you should also do it first thing in the morning, before the sun starts to shine. Also, this first day it is convenient that you leave it in the shade so that, the next day, you put it in partial shade.

But what if you buy basil at another time of the year and find that it needs an urgent change? In this case, although it is not recommended, it should be done. But it is recommended not to touch the plant as much as possible. In other words, it must be removed from the small pot and placed in a larger one as it is, without removing the soil. In this way, the transplant assumes the minimum stress for the plant and you manage to hold on until you can do it well.

If you have seedlings that germinated this spring, the transplant is done about 15 days later. If you see that they continue to grow and reach 8-10 centimeters, in addition to having small leaves, the plant is already telling you that it is time to change them. But be careful with the roots because it is very delicate in this area and if not done correctly the whole plant could suffer.

What is the best pot for basil

In general, basil can grow fully in pots 8 to 12 inches tall. This means it can be both a pot and a planter as long as it is that high (which is ideal for the plant due to the depth it gives it).

If they are smaller, the plant will not grow as much or it may have difficulty growing and maintaining its health.

The steps to transplant basil


Basil, like many other plants, is somewhat tricky when transplanting. This is why it is recommended to do it at the right time and as little as possible, to avoid stressing too much.

In addition, to do it as quickly as possible, it is convenient to have everything ready. But what is needed? What are the steps? We discuss this below.

Preparing the soil for the transplant

Basil is a plant that needs well-drained soil, but at the same time allows it to stay moist for as long as possible.

For this reason, we recommend choosing one that is very rich in nutrients and has plenty of drainage to prevent waterlogging and that it stays moist and nourished.

Prepared compost or soil with lots of organic matter would be the best examples for this plant. Always apply a ratio of 2 parts soil to 1 part drainage such as vermiculite (if the basil is small) or perlite (if the basil is larger).

Prepare the pot

Make sure the pot has drainage holes. They are very important for this plant because, although it loves water, if you water it too much and it has nowhere to discharge the excess water, you will drown it.

Try to have the appropriate measurements for the basil you have. And it is that if you have a pot of 8-10 centimeters you cannot put it directly in one of 30 or more, because it will destabilize the plant (it can stop its growth). It’s best to put it in an intermediate until it gets too big and then change it again.

do the transplant

With the pot, the soil and, of course, the basil, you just have to wait a day in the early morning to do it.

First start by filling the new pot with a little soil so that you only have to take the basil out of its pot, shake the soil it has a little (some prefer to do it with moist soil for better separate it, others with drier).

You might have trouble getting it out. This may be because the soil has been compacted a lot or it has so many roots that it cannot come out well. In these cases you can use a fork to help you remove it without abusing the roots of the plant (which, as we told you, are very delicate and if you break them you can completely damage the plant) . So take all the time you need to remove it very carefully.

Finally, you just need to place it in the new pot and cover it with soil. Now water a little to soak the new soil and it will be ready.

It is recommended that on this day he does not go out in the sun until he adapts to his new home, at least for 24 hours; then you can go and place it in partial shade until it returns to its usual place.

jar of basil

Give him the care he needs

Finally, you need to make sure you give it the care your basilisk needs. We leave them here in summary form so you can check if you are doing it correctly:

  • Partial shade lighting. If you put it in full sun, its leaves may burn quickly, especially if you live in an area where the sun is very intense.
  • Control the temperature, so that it does not drop below 10 degrees (because it slows down). The same thing happens if it goes above 35 degrees Celsius (which is why it doesn’t seem to grow in the summer).
  • Abundant watering. Of course, try to find the right dose because if you go too far, you can cause problems at the root.
  • Pest and disease monitoring. As for the latter, the main ones are, first of all, with irrigation, lighting and temperature. The pests that most affect basil are leaf miners (these are yellow flies with black spots), green caterpillars, red or yellow spider mites, aphids and thrips.

As you can see, transplanting basilisk is quite easy, especially if you follow these keys that will prevent it from getting sick and have the chance to keep growing as it has been doing until then. Do you dare to do it in your garden if you have basil?

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