I was at a baby shower this weekend and the 'favors' were different herb plants. I've always wanted to grow herbs, but unfortunately, I never have. I love basil and luckily there was still one plant left when I got up there. My question is, if I plant it outside, do I need to bring it in for the winter (I live in upstate NY), and if so, will I be able to keep it growing indoors and then be able to plant it again outdoors?
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Basil is a rather short lived annual. You can expect it only to survive the summer and after that it will get woody. It is best to start a new plant for winter to grow indoors (so, yes, you will need to grow it indoors for winter).
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