Sweet Basil -

(Ocimum basilicum)

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Other Common Names: Basil
Family: Lamiaceae Genus: Ocimum Species: basilicum
Sweet BasilSweet Basil
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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
Basil can be grown in a pot or directly in the ground. When growing basil in a pot, ensure that there is adequate drainage at the bottom of the pot. Lining the bottom of the pot with coarse gravel or small rocks will ensure adequate drainage. If growing outside in the garden, ensure the soil is loose and well-drained. Plant basil in a location that provides at least six hours or more of direct sunlight a day. Keep in mind that temperatures below 48 degrees can harm basil so, if planting in the garden, wait until temperatures have warmed up for the season.

Basil is probably the best companion plant for tomato plants. It not only repels harmful insects but enhances the flavor of the tomatoes. Don't ask me how this happens, but it does!

6 years ago ·
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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
Pinch off the center shoot of the basil plant after it has grown for 6 weeks to force side growth and prevent early flowering. If flower stalks develop, cut them off. The best time to harvest basil is just as the plant starts to bud, well before flowers bloom. Snip leaves or branches at this time and pinch off flower buds to keep the plant productive. You also can cut the entire plant about 6 to 8 inches above ground, leaving at least one node with two young shoots intact. The plant should produce a second but smaller harvest several weeks later.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Feeding
Basil is not a heavy feeder. Maybe a light dose of a mild, slow-release organic plant food is all. When watering the plant, water at the base of the plant to be careful not to damage leaves. Water as needed to ensure the soil is moist but not wet or soggy.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Problems
Basil doesn't have any serious pest problems. Consistently wet or soggy soil can be a problem. Keep soil moist but not wet.

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