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 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

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.
23 Aug 17, M K Sharma (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
hi, i want to buy Basil plant.Its available in cape town, South Africa.
09 Jul 17, Jayne (USA - Zone 11a climate)
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)
03 Jan 18, Wendy (USA - Zone 6b climate)
Hi Liz; I used to live in Miami, Your best bet is to buy a plant and just use the shoots of the plant. Place in a small container with water until you see roots and then transplant to soil. Basil is a very strong plant making it easy to grow. The more sun it gets the strongest the flavor and aroma. Good luck
17 Jun 17, irshad (Canada - Zone 7a Mild Temperate climate)
Hello How can growing basil plants in cold temperature
27 Apr 17, Monique (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Ok,, I live in zone 9A and I'm trying to grown basil. No matter where or how I try to grow it it dies. Looks like it's getting burnt when I plant it outside. How much should I water it or how often ???? HELP !
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Can you get a basil that grows in winter I get morning and northern sun my other herbs are growing great

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