How To Grow The Great Basil Basil (Ocimum basilicum), also called the great basil, is a popular herb used in cuisines all around the world. Native to tropical areas, basil is typically cultivated in regions like India, Africa and Asia. Common types of basil plants used for cooking include Genovese or sweet basil, Italian large leaf basil, cinnamon basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, and lime basil. Because basil is a common ingredient in a variety of dishes like Asian style and Mediterranean, many individuals choose to grow basil at their home gardens. Growing your own basil is a great option for those who use the herb in recipes daily. When growing basil, you can mix multiple types of basil in a single growing bed. Basil is a simple plant to grow, however, warm weather is a key factor for basil to thrive. Once your basil plants are about 8 inches tall, you can begin to harvest your plants. Harvesting basil will help encourage the growth of the plant to continue. In order to properly store basil after harvesting, you can either store them in the fridge for a few days, dry the leaves, or preserve the leaves in vinegar or oil. See below for guidelines on how to best grow your basil herbs!
Tips to Grow Basil Container: Large pots, raised garden beds, or in-ground gardens Growing Season: Start planting basil in early spring, about 2 weeks after the last frost at earliest. Continue throughout summer Temperature: Between 70 and 90 degrees, the warmer the better Sun: Plant basil in a spot that gets full sunlight, about 6-8 hours of sunlight per day Soil: Fertile, moist, nutrient-rich soil that is well-drained with a pH of 6-7 Spacing: Space basil plants about 12-18 inches apart Water: Basil requires about 1 inch of water per week. Water consistently in the morning every couple of days. This will vary based on location depending on whether there is extreme heat or frequent rain Note: If the basil starts to flower, the plant will eventually stop growing and start losing flavor. To ensure the plant keeps thriving, remove the flowers.