Blooming Season:  Spring, summer, fall

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: Various, depending on variety

Width: various depending on variety

Exposure: Sun

Varieties available: Dolce Fresca: Large leaves, sweet mild flavour

                                 Thai: Unique licoricey flavour

                                 Spicy Globe: Tidy round ball with miniature leaves. Can be                                                            trimmed into shapes. Nice gentle flavour                                                                  useful for cooking. Decorative and useful!

                                 Devotion: is a new introduction that is powdery mildew                                                              resistant. 

 General Information: 

. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a popular herb known for its vibrant flavor and versatility in culinary applications.


Basil thrives in warm, sunny environments. It requires at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day to grow to its full potential. Ensure that your basil plants are planted in well-draining soil with a pH level between 6 and 7. Regular watering is essential, but be careful not to overwater as basil is susceptible to root rot.

Regular pruning is crucial for promoting bushy growth and preventing the basil plant from flowering too early. Pinch off the top sets of leaves when the plant reaches about 6 inches in height. This will encourage lateral branching and result in a fuller plant. Additionally, be on the lookout for pests such as aphids and caterpillars, and take appropriate measures to control them.

Harvesting basil leaves should be done when the plant is still relatively young. As it ages the flavours become strong and more licorice-like. Cut the stems just above a set of leaves, as this will encourage new growth. Basil leaves can be used fresh or dried for later use. To dry basil, hang the stems upside down in a well-ventilated area until they become crispy. Store dried basil in airtight containers away from direct sunlight to preserve its flavor.

Basil is a versatile herb that adds a delightful flavor to a wide range of dishes. It pairs well with tomatoes, garlic, and mozzarella cheese, making it a key ingredient in classic Italian recipes such as Caprese salad and pesto sauce. Basil can also be used to infuse oils, vinegars, and even cocktails, adding a refreshing twist to your culinary creations.



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