Hydroponic Basil: Grow Basil Forever From 1 Plant

This is a fun one for you all. If you use a LOT of hydroponic basil in the kitchen like I do, using the method I outline in this video is an easy way to harvest basil forever and ever off of ONE initial mother plant!

The method is known as the Kratky method of hydroponics, where you use NO electrical parts, no pumps, no airstones. All you do is place a rooted cutting or seedling into a reservoir and let it drink down the water and use up nutrients. When there’s no water left, you simply harvest the remaining leaves on a plant and move on to the next one!

You can also try growing basil in a deep water culture system using an airstone if you want.

If you want to create an endless basil supple, all you need to do is stagger your cuttings so you have:

– 1 basil plant rooting
– 1 basil plant in mild growth
– 1 basil plant in aggressive vegetative growth
– 1 basil plant at the end of it’s life cycle

As long as you keep ~4 plants going at a time in different stages of the growth cycle, you’ll NEVER run out of basil.


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  1. Poop Snorkle on April 13, 2021 at 12:01 am

    How vigorous does this grow? You can’t claim its unlimited basil if your just sustaining life with no growth. I need to see your results or it never happened. What am I to expect from this and at what rate? I understand the concept but you don’t really elaborate that as your basil develops more terminal branches, you have to clone it. So as you consume a plant, you would also root a clone from the very plant. But you can’t keep cloning a cloning.

  2. thomas dowling on April 13, 2021 at 12:01 am

    What light did you use?

  3. Lotus on April 13, 2021 at 12:01 am

    That jug is genius for pouring the solution,I’ve been using a 5 gallon bucket and its a 2 hand messy and hard to carry choice.

  4. Kathy McPherson on April 13, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Nice job! Do you have a video that explains your lighting systems? I would like to try these different methods of growing but I’m kinda concerned about the electric bill….

  5. Lilliana's World on April 13, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Can this be done from seed

  6. maymay on April 13, 2021 at 12:05 am

    could it be used in wick system like 4×4 netpot holes? (just wanna save some space in urban areas)

  7. bowler8 on April 13, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Ive seen where you can use something like kitchen roll wet, put a seed in and then put it in the basket with the clay pebbles

  8. LazyH-Online on April 13, 2021 at 12:09 am

    5:55 it’s called a heading cut. Thanks for the info on the video, this is actually exactly what I was looking for with my purple opal basil plant and tons of extra salsa jars. I’ve painted most of my jars black instead of worrying about wrapping, a strip of thin pin-striping tape from an auto store or thin painters tape will give you enough room to look in at the water level and at the condition of the roots.

  9. 66blacksunshine on April 13, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Thanks for.spendimg your time to make.the vids. Thumbs up.

  10. Evie Hammond on April 13, 2021 at 12:13 am

    ThIs is great if you already know this information. Useless otherwise. Are these materials food-safe?

  11. Hero Hour on April 13, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Isn’t that too much trouble??? I heard you can just put the stem into a cup of water and in 2 weeks you’ll get roots. You don’t need all that jar/rocks/etc.

  12. Mark Neff on April 13, 2021 at 12:17 am

    That was a excellent video. I’m the one that commented on one of your last video about covering your container. You hit all base’s this time. Excellent for the beginners. Lookin forward for next video. One thing you didn’t mention is that some do the wicky kraky method with the wick in the water to the net cup. Wich doesn’t matter to me.

  13. Tom Smith on April 13, 2021 at 12:17 am

    With the LED lighting, how long to you leave it on for every day, and what is the light level at at the basil (lux? or how many watts, how close do you bring the light to the leaves?)

  14. Oldman Pottering on April 13, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Hi Kev, enjoy your knowledge and presentation, subscribed from NSW Australia

  15. mike on April 13, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Question. Does cloning vs from seed affect the flavor potency or sweetness? How about cloning from a plant thats already bolted?

  16. Jin Bae on April 13, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I have young herbs (basil, chives, chamomile, lemongrass) that I bought last week and planted in too small of a container w/little drainage. I’d like to convert them into hydroponics. In this case I wouldn’t need the rock wool and just carefully clean the roots and shove them into the net pot…is that right? Thanks.

  17. Massa Moll on April 13, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Good video! Speeding up the handling sequences is time saving for the viewer! My question is what pH and EC you use for Basil? Jeb uses 7,8 pH in his Youtube video. Also if you fill more water – is it smart to use condensed water at that?

  18. ZPD Survival on April 13, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I have the mother plant. Thanks for the Video.

  19. Андрей Кужилин on April 13, 2021 at 12:28 am

    why don’t you protect the roots from light? unless a transparent container does not form algae?

  20. cesar gr on April 13, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Hello. Can I put the rockwool with my seed under the light ? If I want to germinate ? Regards

  21. swabby usn on April 13, 2021 at 12:30 am

    What is the name of the "Dirt:….and What was the "Juice" added to the water?

  22. RiseUpBlue on April 13, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Great video, basil needs tomatoes….

  23. Francis Alvia on April 13, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Hi there. What can you use if you don’t have rockwool and those smooth brown rocks? Thank you. Godspeed. 😊🙏🏽🇵🇭

  24. Tom Lyon on April 13, 2021 at 12:31 am

    not gonna lie that intro sync was legit

  25. Enlightened Healthcare Guru on April 13, 2021 at 12:32 am

    What nutrients and what proportions per jar? Thanks!

  26. Jennifer Chen on April 13, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Hi super new to hydroponics, @ 2:40 you add a hydroponic nutrient solution, do you make your own or buy it? and if you have ever made your own and it worked what is your mixture? Great video!

  27. Caroline Honse on April 13, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Great video! I’m hooked. 🙂 I love the idea of not wrapping the jars. It seems to me, a newbie at hydroponics, that if you are doing short time plants like lettuce and such, (20-40 days), you don’t need the wrapping. Now I’m off to check out your other videos. Thanks.

  28. Sjan Rodriguez on April 13, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Can we do this with Geraniums & Trailing geraniums too?

  29. Ace Roa on April 13, 2021 at 12:34 am

    How big or tall can a basil grow in this system?

  30. Scruffie on April 13, 2021 at 12:38 am

    What you used the Nutrient of hydroponic can you be able to use just the normal fertilizer ? If can = how much I need on the NPK, Thank you. You explain everything so clear and easy , thanks again for all the knowledge. Newcastle AU🇦🇺🇦🇺

  31. K O M on April 13, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for the video you earned this 👍
    The music is great, I’m pretty sure I heard it somewhere, can you give the name or the link of it please.

  32. Guillermo Orellana on April 13, 2021 at 12:39 am

    how long the plants live in this container?

  33. John's Green Thumb on April 13, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Nice video! I have a mason far garden too. You can check it out at John’s Green Thumb

  34. Maria Fernanda Meza on April 13, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Hello thank you for your information, new sub her. you answered all my questions except 2, when should I add more water to the mason jar? And when I do should I add plain water or water with nutrients?

  35. Bencoz aka Kamagore on April 13, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Epic intro ! Good job

  36. Ravindra Wadhawan on April 13, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Nice vdo. I would like to know about the pH and EC of the water with nutrients. What nutrients do you use. Can you tell in detail about the grow lights and if a humidifier is necessary?

  37. Ditri Tegara on April 13, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I’m Ditri Tegara from Indonesia, I’m learning to grow vegetables and fruit at home. Please help with corrections or comment if there is something wrong on my channel, because your comments really help me when I am learning to plant, thank you 🙏

  38. skateforevers on April 13, 2021 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for perfect video, i am about to start this method, but i don’t understand which nutrients and how i should use them. I just found advanced nutrients which is available in my country but on their website they say 2ml first week, 4ml second week 8ml third week.. But i don’t understand how i should use this with kratky method. If i am not going to put another nutrients whats the meaning of first week second week etc.. I mean can you recommend me a system about usage of nutrition in kratky method. Nutrients i am looking for this :


  39. Little Bean's Garden on April 13, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Great information! It looks simple enough and effective 😊

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