Basil

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.
  • Harvest leaves regularly to encourage growth and keep leaves tender.
  • Feed basil regularly to promote healthy growth.

Basil varieties

  • Sweet basil
  • Purple basil
  • Thai basil
  • Cinnamon basil
  • Minette basil
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How to harvest basil

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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