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Growing Basil

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P              

(Best months for growing Basil in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 10 inches apart
  • Harvest in 10-12 weeks. Pick before flowering.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Tomato

Your comments and tips

23 Nov 09, Bridget (Australia - temperate climate)
To be honest Damooo, i have no idea. I'm a novice herb gardener and just purchased a punnet from a local outlet...
20 Apr 10, tony (Australia - temperate climate)
bridget, sounds like the basil is just going to the flowering stage?? maybe you planted it / bought it a bit late in the season. you can extend the growing phase by cutting / breaking off the stems just below the transistion / flowering growth . . . but you have probably discovered this already ... its not rocket science :). Once the basil plants die, you can take them out, hang them up, and in early spring just shake the plant and rake seeds into damp soil. Hey presto...nature provides us with pesto.
12 May 10, Rachel (Australia - temperate climate)
How do I make my basil grow fuller? does anyone know how my plant needs to be groomed to grow thick and lustrous? thanks
12 May 10, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Your basil will grow more 'bushy' if you nip off the growing tips once the plants are well-established. They will send out lots of side-shoots and bush out. Also, I found watering with a seaweed-based liquid fertiliser helps.
28 May 10, Steve (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
How can I grow Thai Basil in Adelaide Winter,I have small glasshose will this work or do I need lighting too Ta
18 Dec 10, Mish (Australia - temperate climate)
I seem to be able to grow every thing besides basil!! Tried different types, seedlings, seeds, sun, under shade cloth... Nothing works , they just shrivel up and die everytime. Am I posibley watering them too much?? All my other herbs and veg are lush green and healthy
22 Jan 11, Trish (Australia - tropical climate)
We have a few basil plants around a foot high right now and are picking and eating happily. They haven't flowered, and I'm told I should pinch off the flowers to prevent it. my question - I'm such a beginner - do they die off and require replacing, or do the carry on forever if I keep pinching off the flowering heads? If they die, I should be planting again now!
23 Jan 11, craig (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You can actually just cut them right back and dry an excess in the oven (very low temp for 45 min or so). the plant will look like death, but tends to start growing again. If it dosent it's an easy herb to keep seeding. I still have the same "bush" that Ive had in a pot for 3 years. Pick, dry regrow start again!
14 Oct 11, Julie (Australia - temperate climate)
I have been experimenting growing herbs for the last year. Let some of the basil flower and go to seed, when dried out save the seeds and plant again in September for regrowth. Perfect for making pesto, keeps well when made and sealed. Basil does need to be sown each year,
11 Apr 11, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
As basil plants grow older, they loose their taste and become very bitter and odd tasting, so i find that if you pinch the flowers off when they are dead and sow them into the soil for the next crop, which means you have fresh basil. The flowers contain seeds and i have used this method and I have never bought any basil seeds or plants.
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Hi, I'm in Zone 11a and need some clarification. For example regarding Basil, when you state 'P - Plant In The Garden' are you meaning plant seeds in seed trays in these months or to plant out young plants (that were seed sown in trays 4-6 wks earlier) in these months? Hope that question makes sense! Thanks. (P-Plant in garden means plant into the ground unless your local weather is not suitable - in which case, start basil in a seed tray and transfer later. - Liz)

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