||Choose a location with great drainage. Whether you are growing basil outdoors in the ground or in a container, the drainage needs to be excellent. Another important thing for basil plant care is to choose a spot where the basil plants will get plenty of good sunlight. If you choose growing basil plants, dig a small hole, tease out the root ball some and plant the basil plant in the ground. Water thoroughly. When growing basil outdoors, it is very important to remember that basil is very sensitive to cold and even a light frost will kill it. When harvesting, pinch off the stem right above where a pair of leaves are growing. After you harvest, two more stems will start to grow, which means twice the leaves next time you harvest! Once a basil plant flowers, the leaves start to lose their good flavor. If you remove any flowers, the leaves will get their good flavor back in just a day or so.