Basil seeds have a rich, strong flavor that is not found in any other herb, growing basil from seed is a practical way to obtain it at any time.
- Looking for clusters of petals at end of stems of basil then nested a few leaves in early summer. Flower usually has a different colored leaves and violet petals on right points on green leaves.
- Observed growing basil from seed below flower stem to find a pair of leaves grow to about 1 inch (2.54 cm) below same. Cut stem on these pages, either pushing your fingernail through stem or cutting with scissors to remove inch (2.54 cm) above stem, including flower.
- Continue removing all ends with flowers on your basil plant as you are. Remove flowers from plant will encourage more branching and leaf production, so this will ensure that more leaves to collect.
- Watch your basil seeds growing basil from seed every week as they reach hottest days of summer. Stems of flowers you removed from new leaves and branches, which eventually also end up being flowers.
- Continue stirring flowers all season, or leave some basil seeds if you want to collect seeds to plant next year.