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Basil 'Sweet Green'

Ocimum basilicum

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Sweet Green is a popular variety of Basil, which belongs to the Ocimum genus (Ocimum basilicum 'Sweet Green'). It is an Herb and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Sweet Green is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial).

India is believed to be where Sweet Green originates from.

Sweet Green Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Sweet Green have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Sweet Green

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching.
Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter.

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Sweet Green is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy, sandy and silty and has a ph of between 6.0 and 7.5 as Basil is a weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing Sweet Green from seed

Cover with finely sieved compost.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.12 inches (0.3 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Sweet Green about 20 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Sweet Green

Plant out when frost risk has passed.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Sweet Green is a half hardy plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Sweet Green about 21 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Sweet Green

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Basil Sweet Green Etymology

The word basil means “king” in Greek – it is believed to have grown above the spot where St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross.

Sweet Green folklore & trivia

Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.

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