Growing 3 types of basil


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Hello, I'm a chef who love to make asian food. but becuase of corona and living a bit outside the city makes it hard to get enough Basil for my food i enjoy to eat, so i though about growing it myself. i have searched on internet and youtube for tutorials so i think i have understand it, but i have a question about my setup.

Would this setup work to grow, i have a reflector, where would it be best to place this so the light gets better for the plants? The plant on the side a mint plant from the store.

i dont have much plant skills, but should i remove the dirt for each basil seedling/stem that grows after a week and put them in a seperate pot or can i just leave them together in a pot and let it grow?

i wanted to plant it outside but i think im a bit late, the weather where i live is not good and its just rain and rain so growing outside is not a option atm.

EDIT: The basil planted are:

Ocimum tenuifolium

Ocimum basilicum

Ocimum americanum

 

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You need much more light. Your plants are all very leggy which means that they are trying to reach more light.
 
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You need much more light. Your plants are all very leggy which means that they are trying to reach more light.
They used to stand in my window in the start which could be the reason. then i put them into those aquariums yesterday. there was not enough sun in the window. But what if i replant those into smaller pots and put them a little bit deeper into the dirt?

What if i put some planks under the pot to make the plant get closer to the lamp?
 
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Can i use this somewhere in the aquarium to give it stronger light? i bough this like 15 years ago when i was teen that i never used. Could i place it on the side or somewhere to boost the light?
 

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They used to stand in my window in the start which could be the reason. then i put them into those aquariums yesterday. there was not enough sun in the window. But what if i replant those into smaller pots and put them a little bit deeper into the dirt?

What if i put some planks under the pot to make the plant get closer to the lamp?
Smaller pots make it easier for YOU to keep the plants properly watered. Small pots do nothing for the plants. Your plants should be closer to the light and the light itself should be much brighter. And all that will happen if you plant them deeper is either stem rot or they will just become leggy again.
 
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Smaller pots make it easier for YOU to keep the plants properly watered. Small pots do nothing for the plants. Your plants should be closer to the light and the light itself should be much brighter. And all that will happen if you plant them deeper is either stem rot or they will just become leggy again.
Thanks, I'm working on getting better light. i have 3x 125W growing lights with 2 different light types "Grow" and "flower" But i need a E40 socket for that which i need to order online. Those lights should be good enough for basil?

And the temprature inside where basil grows what is the best temprature, is 22Celsius to 24c ok for them to thrive?
 

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i understand that those equipment in the picture can be used for something very different. it's old equipment that have been laying around for about 15 years from when i was young and dumb. Now im in my 40s and paid for my stupidity. So instead of throwing it in the garbage i wanted to use it to grow basil. all different guides ive been reading and watching all say different about temp,water,pots and such. thats why i came here and made a thread in hope to get proper answers.

EDIT: i moved them higher up, will this make the basil happier until i can get better light?
 

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i understand that those equipment in the picture can be used for something very different. it's old equipment that have been laying around for about 15 years from when i was young and dumb. Now im in my 40s and paid for my stupidity. So instead of throwing it in the garbage i wanted to use it to grow basil. all different guides ive been reading and watching all say different about temp,water,pots and such. thats why i came here and made a thread in hope to get proper answers.

EDIT: i moved them higher up, will this make the basil happier until i can get better light?
It will make them a little happier.
 
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what is the best temperature for the basil? is it 18C like it says on the seedpackage or is it 22c to 28c like it says on internet. (celsius)
 
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what is the best temperature for the basil? is it 18C like it says on the seedpackage or is it 22c to 28c like it says on internet. (celsius)
Basil likes it warm. I live in Texas where it gets hot. I can't control the temperature but basil grows well up to about 34c but anything over that it seems to want to bolt too soon.
 
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Basil likes it warm. I live in Texas where it gets hot. I can't control the temperature but basil grows well up to about 34c but anything over that it seems to want to bolt too soon.
Thanks for answer, i really need to grow my own basil. i have to import it from other places which cost me about 100-200$ a month. so i figured out growing it myself then paying import fees and shipping would be cheaper. Green curry and pad kra pao thai food is not the same without perfect thai basil and holy basil
 
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Thanks for answer, i really need to grow my own basil. i have to import it from other places which cost me about 100-200$ a month. so i figured out growing it myself then paying import fees and shipping would be cheaper. Green curry and pad kra pao thai food is not the same without perfect thai basil and holy basil
Then you will have to invest in real grow lights. I am not an artificial light gardener, I just know how to grow basil. I would think about getting T-5 lights or similar and building a system.
 
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is this light enough or do i need even more light? The seeds are starting to pop out from the soil that i planted 3 days ago, that is a good sign right? since ive read other threads here that some people it might take weeks before it pops outoff the soil?
 

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is this light enough or do i need even more light? The seeds are starting to pop out from the soil that i planted 3 days ago, that is a good sign right? since ive read other threads here that some people it might take weeks before it pops outoff the soil?
It is impossible by looking at a light if it is enough or not. I do know that it is not nearly close enough from the setups that I've seen. Fast germination only means that your soil temperature is correct. As I said, I am not an artificial light gardener.
 
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Btw i dont see the point in making forum threads on a gardening forum if you want me to go on amazon to buy a book, then what is the point with this forum if everyones supposed to go buy a book and read it? i though forums was to ask others and learn, not to be told to buy books and read.
 
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yup I am late to this game but here is what works for me - I grow lettuce, bok choy, and basil under lights through the winter using the hydroponic Kratky method.

My rule of thumb - there is enough light if you want to wear sunglasses when you open the plant area. The amount of light should hurt our eyes at first. And the lights need to be close to the plants. If possible have the bulb 10 mm to 20 mm from the growing tips. ** this distance is for LEDs which don't get hot, even a CFL like @sinder is using can get hot enough to burn leafs **

@sinder - the photos don't show the light amount for the plants as the camera and the computer screens don't display it correctly. Also CFLs are sold with a light rating when new but, I am convinced, will dim with age and use.

If the plants look "leggy" then you're not pushing enough light. Leggy is subjective but if you think there is a lot of space between sets of leafs its leggy. Looking at the Genovese basil I have on my front porch (full sun) I have branch sets 30 mm apart and leaf sets on the new growth 10 mm apart.

For lights when growing in doors, until last week, I used standard screw base LED bulbs well into the blue color temperature. The bulbs I used are 9.5 W rated 840 lumen output 5000 K color temp (they sound fancy but were the cheap bulbs at the home center sold in a box of 8 for $10). I then packed 5 or 6 of these over an grow area of 300 mm x 900 mm. And ran them on a timer for about 14 hours on 10 hours off.

Last week I bought a new set of LED tube lights intended for basements and garages. 2000 lumen output per 4' tube, 20 W rated, 6500 K color temp. I plan on using 2 tubes per 300 mm wide grow bed but may have to up to 3 tube and I will place them not more than 300 mm above the "ground level". Under each set of tubes I will have 10 plants.

I also use a set of reflectors around the grow area to keep all that light I paid for going back to the plant. The first generation I used was simply aluminium foil wrapped over and taped to cardboard. Over time I have moved to the foil backed rigid foam insulation as my reflector panels and use it on 4 or 5 sides of the box around my plants.

When growing just one plant, or for my plant starting I use a "nursery bucket". For this I use a white 5 gallon bucket with the biggest light bulb I have in a reflector over it. A cheap clamp on round light bulb holder with reflector sold for shop work lighting is great over a single bucket.
 
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