Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the Nutritower. It is a true sun lover and grows exceptionally well with grow lights. Quick, fun fact about basil is that it belongs to the same family as mint and it has quickly become one of my favorite herbs to grow in my Nutritower. Not only does the sweet and savory herb smell great but now I can have access to fresh basil all your round. Basil is a single-stemmed plant that is rich in minerals such as iron, manganese and magnesium and a great source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K. It has also proven to be an effective anti-inflammatory.
Fresh basil is now a staple in most kitchens. Before having a Nutritower in my home I would purchase a soil-based basil plant on a bimonthly basis from my local grocery store for about $5.99 only to find it consumed or wilted by the end of the two-week period. Having access to fresh basil in my Nutritower lets me harvest what I need for each meal while leaving the plant to grow and prosper within my Nutritower in between harvests.
We recommend using the Cut and grow (re-grow) harvest method for basil that is grown in the Nutritower. This method involves harvesting only one-third to two-thirds of the upper foliage taken as stems, leaving the plant to regenerate for a further two to three cuts before replacing the plants. The lower mature leaves can also be harvested to promote the growth of more stems while keeping the plant compact in the pot.
- Harvest often – the more you harvest basil, the more your plant will grow
- Remove flowers – when your basil plant starts to flower it will start to lose flavor. Once you remove any flowers the plant will get its savory flavor back in a couple of days
Hydroponic basil can be used to create not only products such as pesto but infused oils, vinegar, and salsa. It is also a great garnish for any dish. Some varieties of basil may be dried then brewed for tea while others have medicinal uses.
What is your favorite herb to grow in your Nutritower? At Nutritower we love to hear about our client’s experience. Please reach out to us with your story and we will post about your growing experience in our blog.