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Basil 'Bush'

Ocimum basilicum

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Belonging to the Ocimum genus (Ocimum basilicum 'Bush'), Bush is a variety of Basil.

Good for windowsill growing or in pots.

Bush grows as an Annual and is a Herb. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Bush 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 Bush originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Bush Basil is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

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

How to grow Bush

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

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

A full sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Bush is thought of as half hardy, so it will need protecting in periods of cold weather. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Planting Bush in loamy, sandy and silty soil with a ph of between 6.0 and 7.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Bush from seed

Cover with finely sieved compost.

Aim to sow 0.12 inches (0.3 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

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

Transplanting Bush

Plant out when frost risk has passed.

As Bush is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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

Harvesting Bush

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

Basil Bush 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.

Bush folklore & trivia

Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.

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