Plant Care Ocimum Basilicum
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Ocimum Basilicum

4.7 out of 5 (171 experiences)

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, Organic Basil and lemon 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

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Ocimum Basilicum is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Soil
Fertilizer
Growing Outdoors
Propagation

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 109
Ocimum Basilicum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 61
Ocimum Basilicum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 49
Ocimum Basilicum has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 35
Ocimum Basilicum has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 29
Ocimum Basilicum has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 27
Ocimum Basilicum has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 22
Ocimum Basilicum has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Amieg avatar
@Amieg
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 127 XP
09/18/2021

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

Mulchinmaeve avatar
@Mulchinmaeve
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 436 XP
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
Riley avatar
@Riley
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 96 XP
globe Orono, Maine
09/12/2021

Easy & delicious

Untilsaturn avatar
@Untilsaturn
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 543 XP
globe Independence, Missouri
09/07/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Paula avatar
@Paula
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Antipolo, Calabarzon
09/06/2021

It easily propagates from cuttings!

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@Lolomostera
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 59 XP
globe Long Beach, California
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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jonathan avatar
@Jonathan
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Wantagh, New York
08/30/2021

The smell is amazing.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Dylanslabach avatar
@Dylanslabach
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 684 XP
08/26/2021

Basil is amazinf

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Dylanslabach avatar
@Dylanslabach
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 684 XP
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
Abi avatar
@Abi
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 57 XP
globe West Bathurst, New South Wales
08/22/2021

nice plant, smell GOOD

Yeldy avatar
@Yeldy
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 116 XP
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
Reireiko avatar
@Reireiko
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 82 XP
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
Alexis avatar
@Alexis
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Las Vegas, Nevada
08/03/2021

Edible!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Victorious avatar
@Victorious
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 365 XP
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Hattieholmes avatar
@Hattieholmes
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 290 XP
07/30/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Kirbyfanacc avatar
@Kirbyfanacc
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 519 XP
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
xp 287 XP
07/27/2021

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

Browns easily Browns easily
Hobokentina avatar
@Hobokentina
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 525 XP
globe Hoboken, New Jersey
07/24/2021

Planted six seeds with one germinating exactly a week later. This is my first time attempting to grow basil indoors and from seed in the northeast. I’ve grown hearty bushes of basil on a balcony in London and on a patio in Chicago from grocery store plants with great luck. Fingers crossed this time since we seem to be off to a good start!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Quinnprice avatar
@Quinnprice
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 358 XP
globe Derby, Kansas
07/20/2021

needs to be watered every day or else she is very dramatic

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Kobrakai
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,102 XP
globe North Little Rock, Arkansas
07/15/2021

Hardy, fast growing, deliciously fragrant, and incredibly useful around the house for cooking, tea, and more! Great for beginners, it’s my pride and joy.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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