I planted my basil cuttings last month in the flowerbox located at our veranda. The soil was purely made up of clay garden soil that my mom-in-law bought several years back. The flower box only had one small flowering plant in it and I amended the soil with 14-14-14 Osmocote fertilizer. These are the two basil cuttings that I have made previously. The leaves are really green and shiny, with the stems soft and tender. Once you are at least a foot from the plant, you will definitely smell the fragrant aroma of the leaves.
This one was planted in a smaller container because I was sorely lacking in potting soil. As you can see, the plant is small even if the potting soil was given fertilizer. The restriction of the roots has created a plant that is stunted in growth. The best size for basil is at least 12 inches both in depth and in diameter. I’ll see what I can do with this one; I would probably buy another set of potting soil next month for this.