Growing Basil

Ocimum basilicum : Lamiaceae / the mint family

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

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

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • 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

09 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try shade cloth or mossy netting over them for a few weeks.
10 Apr 18, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks Mike for the hint. I spotted an unusual roll of shade cloth at Bunnings, and it was very closely woven- I think it was a beige colour. But I got confused with all the price tags and descriptions that I just gave it a miss.(looks expensive) What is mossy netting and where do you buy it? Blessings to you on this fine day.
20 Apr 18, Carol (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
If you'd like to save money then go to an op-shop and pick up some net curtains. They're easy to find and will be very cheap. That will let the sun and air in but keep the bugs out
12 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mossy netting is mosquito netting - in the old days you hung this over your bed to keep the mosquitos out. They sell it at Spotlight - about $7/mr. What width I don't know. 70% shade cloth at Bunnings is approx. $5-7/mtr - that is 1.83m x 1mtr. It has multi uses in gardening.
15 Apr 21, Jane (Australia - tropical climate)
Thanks Mike. With basil, do the leaves need to be picked small (do they go spindly/woody) or can they be picked big?
06 Apr 18, Charlene (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted Basil seeds 19 Feb they come up lovely, but 5wks later they are still 3cm tall. They get plenty of sun and enough water why arent they growing anymore.
16 Jan 18, Nicole (Australia - temperate climate)
How many hours of sun would you recommend for basil? My back balcony only receives 4 hours of direct sunlight in Summer. I'm currently living in a new apartment and am expecting this number to decrease as it approaches Winter. Will the basil survive in this environment?
17 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Seed selling company recommends full sun. Just give it a try and see what happens.
22 Dec 17, Joe Raulli (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I purchase Basil Seeds the soft leaf type that does not go black when crushed for Pesto.
28 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to Seed Collection or Boondie on the internet and look at the photos. Or you could even email them and ask.
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Don't pinch or cut the leaves off. Instead use scissors to cut the *stem* just below the pair of leaves you intend to harvest. Then, in the kitchen, pick the leaves off the stem while washing them.

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