Sweet Basil

basil-plantSweet Basil can be grown in a sunny windowsill in about 2 months.

Average room temperature should be:

68 F to 86 F = germination

68 F to 86 F = growing temperature

How to grow your PetomatoTM Basil Plant

Growing your PetomatoTM in a recycled plastic water bottle is easy! Use a bottle with a twist off cap for best results and remember to always keep your water bottle full.

  1. Use a plastic bottle with a twist-off cap.
  2. Place 3 to 5 seeds on top of filter
    • Cover seeds with sand (provided)
    • Moisten the sand with 3 drops of water
  3. After germination, about 7-10 days, mix fertilizer with water as per enclosed instructions.

Seeds germinate in 7 to 10 days. If your PetomatoTM fails to germinate, you can try again. Be sure to keep extra seeds inside your refrigerator.

Growing Tips

Culling your Petomato plant is essential to ensure the strongest sprout thrives!

Culling your PetomatoTM plant is essential to ensure the strongest sprout thrives!

  • Keep your water bottle full at all times.
  • Replace all of your water once per week.
  • Mix fertilizer in the water after germination.
  • Use one level spoon (provided) of fertilizer per 4 ounces of water.
  • When replacing the water, remove the petomato growing tube.
  • Fertilizer should be completely dissolved in the water.
  • Cull your Petomato plant to help the strongest sprout/s thrive!
  • Be careful not to cut the roots!

Pollination, Fruit and Harvesting

When the basil leaves are big you can harvest them!

When the vegetables that you are growing become bigger they will require more water and fertilizer. For best results, you will need to take care of your plant from germination through harvest. As your basil plant grows bigger it will require more water and fertilizer.

You can harvest your sweet basil by cutting off large leaves or branches with a scissors. Please use a scissors to harvest your leaves. You can get a larger yield by pinching back the leave sets to decrease internodal length. Pinching the top two leaves off of each plant will be give you healthy sweet basil plants. Please be careful not to pull up the plant out of the PetomatoTM tube when harvesting.


Basil is very sensitive. Keep your basil plant cool in the summer and warm in the winter and makes sure that it gets plenty of sunshine!

WARNING: Temperatures over 95 degrees will kill your sweet basil. Be careful that the water in the bottle does not become hot or this will kill your PetomatoTM.

WARNING: Keep your sweet basil warm in the winter. Temeratures less than 58 degrees will kill your PetomatoTM basil plant.

You can make a simple greenhouse for your PetomatoTM basil plant if the room is too cold. Use a transparent plastic bag that is big enough to house your PetomatoTM basil plant. secure the top with a rubber band and poke holes in the side for ventilation.

Plenty of Sun

basil-strongLack of sunshine will make your petomato basil plant grow spindly and lanky. Your petomato basil plant needs sunshine for photosynthesis. Please move your petomato basil plant to a sunny location.

If your basil plant does not get enough sunshine the intervals between the leaves will be long and the plant will be too weak to produce leaves for harvesting.