Growing Basil

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(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 18°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 25 cm apart
  • Harvest in 10-12 weeks. Pick before flowering.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Tomato

Your comments and tips

25 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I was given a basil plant yesterday - from up north Queensland. He said it flowered in the late winter - spring. Growing it for bee attraction. Will ask what it is called tomorrow.
14 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
This plant is now a 1.2m ball of leaves and flower/seeds.
24 May 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Basil is frost-tender and needs lots of sunlight
20 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I garden at a men's shed and the boss bought some perennial basil back from Townsville to Bundy in June. I planted it in a light truck tyre with some good soil, put a supporting wire mess cone around it and boy has it grown. It is now a 1.2m ball and has heaps of flowers and bees.
08 Apr 18, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have just pulled out about 10 basil plants ( lots of seedlings coming up) because I am so sick and tired of the cloud of grasshoppers taking residence in our veggie patch and eating the basil... Basil is one of my favorite herbs ,but these grasshoppers are really owning my patch...any advise would be much appreciated.
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?
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Paul, what are you talkinga about? 'Basil is very hard to start from seed'. Whatever! :). Just direct sow them any time in spring or summer. They come up very fast, often as fast as lettuce during the warmer 6 months of the year. Maybe we just have different perspectives of what is hard or maybe your seeds aren't that great... I have had the most luck with herb and vegetable seeds from the imported Italian and French brands, in particular Franchi Sementi (see The Italian Gardener website), Hortus/Orto, Vilmorin and PDF. The basil and other herbs I grow from them come up very well and quickly. Seriously try them. and the seed packs are very generous too. Basil packs tend to have around 5,000 seeds for the same price as 200 or 300 seed packs from local suppliers (Yates and internet based businesses).

- Andris

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