Growing Basil Indoors

Selecting the Right Lighting
One of the most important aspects of growing indoors is making sure that your herb has the proper lighting it needs to thrive. There are two options for this: natural lighting and artificial lighting.

Basil growing next to a window
Growing basil indoors is a great way to keep an herb garden through the winter.

Growing Under Natural Light
One of the best places to grow indoors is in your kitchen if you have access to natural light there. Growing in your cooking area allows you to conveniently snip your herbs and instantly use them in your meals. Your herb will need at least 4 hours of natural light daily and it’s best if you place them under windows that face south or southwest, though east- or west-facing windows also will do. North-facing windows are not bright enough to provide the necessary 4 hours of direct sunlight.

Growing Under Artificial Light
If you are unable to grow under natural light, you can always grow indoors using artificial light. Using this method will require you to set up a spot with fluorescent lights or specifically designed high intensity lights. This method will require that you provide the plants with at least ten hours of light exposure to remain healthy.