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Ocimum basilicum

Basil growing in a pot

Basil is a fragrant and delicious herb. It is easy to grow in a temperate or sub-tropical climate.

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Full sun – partial shade

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Spring – early autumn

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Frequent watering

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Well drained soils

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Temperate and sub-tropical climates

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6-8 weeks after sowing

Growing basil

Basil is quick-growing herb, that is easy to grow from seed, or propagate from cuttings.

Growing Tips

  • Encourage bushy growth by pinching out the tips of plants as they grow,
  • Remove any flowers as they start to grow to prolong the growing season (see: What to Do with Basil Flowers?).
  • Harvest leaves regularly to encourage growth and keep leaves tender.
  • Feed basil regularly to promote healthy growth.

Basil varieties

Some popular varieties of basil are:

  • Sweet basil
  • Genovese basil
  • Thai basil
  • Lemon basil
  • Cinnamon basil
  • Dark Opal Basil

For more, check out our article: Basil Varieties – The Different Types of Basil and their Uses

Woman harvesting basil plant

How to Use Basil

After harvesting basil at the end of the growing season, you can dry it in a dehydrator, by hanging bunches, or between sheets of paper.

You can also make fragrant oil or vinegar, or use it to make pesto.

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