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Basil care instructions

Ocimum basilicum

All care instructions and information about Basil (Ocimum basilicum) have been provided by real gardeners.

Lifecycle Is Basil annual or perennial?
Growing Difficulty How hard is it to grow Basil?
Easy 2/5
Growth Habit What shape or habit does Basil grow into?
Hardiness How frost hardy is Basil?
Country of Origin Where did Basil come from?
Mature Height How tall does Basil grow?
45.0 cm / 1.46 feet
Mature Spread How wide does Basil grow?
30.0 cm / 11.7 inches
USDA Zone Range Which zones does Basil grow best in?
Zone 4 to Zone 10
pH Range The level of acidity for Basil.
5.1 - 8.5
Water Requirements How much water does Basil require?
Nitrogen Requirements How much nitrogen fertilizer does Basil need?
Soil What sort of soil should I plant Basil in?
Loam / Sand / Silt
Sun How much sunlight does Basil need to grow?
Full Sun
Can Sow Direct? Can Basil be sown directly?
Sowing Depth How deep to plant Basil?
0.3 cm / 0.12 inches
Sowing Distance Apart How far apart to plant Basil?
1.27 cm / 0.5 inches
Sowing Row Distance Apart How far apart to plant rows of Basil?
30.0 cm / 11.7 inches
Ideal Germination Temperature Range What temperatures does Basil need in order to germinate?
15°C / 59°F to 25°C / 77°F
Growing Temperatures What temperatures are best to grow Basil in?
15°C / 59°F to 32°C / 90°F
Planting Distance Apart How far apart to plant Basil seedlings.
23.0 cm / 8.97 inches
Planting Row Distance Apart How far apart to plant rows of Basil seedlings.
30.48 cm / 11.89 inches
Bloom Time When will Basil bloom?
Early Summer
Harvest Time When is Basil ready for harvest?
Mid Summer
Pruning Time When should I prune Basil?
Mid Summer