But they don't thrive. This is part of Joe's basil (Fred's barely survived). It's grown some, but the leaves are not real healthy looking: they're wrinkled and off color.
And it doesn't need to be in a hanging basket; I might have to use that basket for something else. We'll see.
I don't usually plant basil into the herb bed until June is well under way, but these are doing well.
These are all from seed.
Conclusion: grow your basil from seed.