Basil

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Plant family

Lippenblütler (Lamiaceae) (Lamiaceae)

Season Overview

Propagating

Planting

Harvest

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Details

Light requirement

Sunny

Water requirement

Wet

Soil

Light (sandy)

Nutrient requirement

High

Light germinator

Seeding distance

15 cm

Row spacing

20 cm

Seeding depth

0 cm

Instructions

End of April

Propagating

Mid of May

Transplanting

Description

Basil is an annual plant from the labiates family that grows outdoors. Essential oils provide the intense fragrance, which makes basil a popular culinary and medicinal plant. In addition to the well-known large-leaved genover varieties, there are also small-leaved species and the hardier and perennial bush basil, as well as a total of about 65 other varieties.

Origin:

Tropical India, Mediterranean for centuries

Growing tips

Basil is very sensitive to cold. Heat-hungry plant needs a lot of water in the summer. Growing from seed is done from the end of March. The seeds should not be covered with soil, as it is a light germinator. When growing perennial varieties basil must overwinter indoors during the winter months.

Diseases

No diseases

Pests

Cicadas

Aphids

Snails