|Cinnamon Basil: Step by Step - Get Ready to Plant: Step 15|
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15. Mix water-soluble fertilizer into a watering can full of water. Measure and add only half of what the fertilizer instructions say to use on potted plants. Water the seedlings from the top with the water and fertilizer mixture.
Note: This is only the second time you should water from the top. You are watering in, to remove air pockets from around the seeds. From now on, put water in the tray to water from the bottom.
16. Gently sift sterilized sand over the top of the potting mix and around the seedling stems. Add about a quarter of an inch to the top of the planting mix. Put the new pots into waterproof trays. Put the trays of seedlings back under the lights.
17. Once a Cinnamon Basil seedling has six true leaves, you should pinch or cut off, at the very top, a very tiny bit of stem and the very topmost leaves from the tip of the basil plant. We call this pinching back. It helps to make the plant grow more branches. More branches means more (a bigger crop) of basil leaves.
18. When the Cinnamon Basil plant is about six or seven inches tall and has a sturdy stem, transplant the basil plant again, this time into a gallon pot. It will take about ten cups of potting soil to fill the gallon pot. Add six cups of potting soil to the gallon pot and then carefully remove the basil plant, with the potting soil around the roots, from the old 3½-inch pot. Set the basil plant into the new pot and add the rest of the potting soil to fill the pot up to a quarter of an inch of the top. Gently press the potting soil around the basil plant. Pay extra special attention to the sides of the pot. Make sure to press the potting soil down all along the edges and fill the pot until it is level with where the basil seedling was growing before. If your Cinnamon Basil has gotten too tall, you can plant the basil seedling up to half of the stem length deeper than it was growing in the small pot.
19. Continue to pinch back the Cinnamon Basil on all of its branches. The more you pinch back growing tips, the more branches and leaves you will have for harvest.
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