Plant Care Ocimum Basilicum

Ocimum Basilicum

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Ocimum Basilicum has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Ocimum Basilicum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Sweet Basil, Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, Basil, Genovese Basil, Christmas Basil, Red Rubin, Lemon Basil, Emerald Tower Basil, lettuce Leaf basil, Basil 'Pesto Perpetuo', Dark Opal Basil, Italian Basil and Wild Magic Basil

Taxonomy

Ocimum basilicum
Ocimum
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Ocimum Basilicum

💦 Water

How often to water your Ocimum Basilicum

Water needs for Ocimum Basilicum
0.5 cups
every 9

Ocimum Basilicum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ocimum Basilicum

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Sweet Basil in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ocimum Basilicum: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ocimum Basilicum love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Ocimum Basilicum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ocimum Basilicum in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ocimum Basilicum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ocimum Basilicum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ocimum Basilicum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Ocimum Basilicum can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Sweet Basil →

Common Sweet Basil Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Ocimum Basilicum prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Sweet Basil Water Frequency →

Sweet Basil Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ocimum Basilicum requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Sweet Basil Light Requirements →

Sweet Basil Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Ocimum Basilicum is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

Ocimum Basilicum doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Sweet Basil Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Ocimum Basilicum does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Sweet Basil →

When and How to Successfully Repot Sweet Basil →


💩 Fertilizer

Ocimum Basilicum is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌎 Native Region

Ocimum Basilicum is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Ocimum Basilicum bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Ocimum Basilicum grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Sweet Basil →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Ocimum Basilicum can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Sweet Basil Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Ocimum Basilicum can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Ocimum Basilicum, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Ocimum Basilicum

Ocimum Basilicum

Ocimum Basilicum


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Ocimum Basilicum has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 114
Ocimum Basilicum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 66
Ocimum Basilicum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 51
Ocimum Basilicum has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 37
Ocimum Basilicum has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 31
Ocimum Basilicum has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 23
Ocimum Basilicum has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
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globe Marine Parade, Singapore
02/12/2022

Needs sunlight and constant watering

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globe Columbus, OH
01/22/2022

Good for beginners.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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globe Largo, FL
01/11/2022

Love this plant great for any type of food and add flavor to ur life

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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09/18/2021

Please note this isn’t sweet basil. Greg just thought it was

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globe Toronto, Ontario
09/16/2021

Pretty smell, tasty leaves, easy to grow and look after, and infinite pesto at your beck and call?!?!

What’s not to love?!?!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Orono, ME
09/12/2021

Easy & delicious

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globe Independence, MO
09/07/2021

Smells SO good!!! bounces back from dehydration really easily.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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globe Antipolo, Calabarzon
09/06/2021

It easily propagates from cuttings!

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globe Long Beach, CA
08/31/2021

It just keeps growing and growing out of control. I’ve been giving extra basil to my neighbors because idk what to do with it haha

Fast grower Fast grower
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Survivor Survivor
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globe Wantagh, NY
08/30/2021

The smell is amazing.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 18 Plants
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08/26/2021

Basil is amazinf

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 18 Plants
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08/26/2021

Easy Basil and can gift to friends to propagate

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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globe West Bathurst, New South Wales
08/22/2021

nice plant, smell GOOD

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globe New York
08/21/2021

The aroma on it’s amazing. When I cook with the food taste more fresh. Everyone tells me that my cooking is always si yummy and flavorful.

I give the the recipe but they say it’s not the same. Maybe because they are not cooking with fresh herbs. I do🥰😉

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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08/07/2021

It tends to grow quite tall with n only a few weeks. Trim the leaves and to continue its growth, cut the center of the three stem that form on top. The smell helps you know if it’s healthy, it’s like a spicy ham ^^

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Las Vegas, NV
08/03/2021

Edible!

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 12 Plants
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07/31/2021

Amazing herb! Can be harvested as needed and great for a beginner plant. Works well in ground and containers. Wonderful aroma.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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07/30/2021

Grows super quick, so excited to have some fresh basil of my own!

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globe Basingstoke, England
07/29/2021

bought this basil plant from Aldi weeks ago and it’s still hanging on somehow, so I have taken it under my wing. massive drama queen and will wilt and shrivel away if you don’t water it for one day but will bounce back into its luscious self after a glug of water

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kit avatar
@Kit
leaf-1 18 Plants
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07/27/2021

Basil is a finicky plant. Get it right or it’ll die.

Browns easily Browns easily

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