Plant Care Ocimum Gratissimum

Ocimum Gratissimum

Also known as

African Basil, African Basil, Clove Basil and Wild Basil


Ocimum gratissimum

How to care for Ocimum Gratissimum


How often to water your Ocimum Gratissimum

Water needs for Ocimum Gratissimum
0.5 cups
every 9

Ocimum Gratissimum 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 Gratissimum

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for African Basil in your home

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

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

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

Ocimum Gratissimum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Ocimum Gratissimum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ocimum Gratissimum: 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 Gratissimum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Ocimum Gratissimum

Ocimum Gratissimum

Ocimum Gratissimum

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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