Plant Care African Basil

African Basil

Also known as

Clove Basil and Wild Basil


Ocimum gratissimum

How to care for African Basil


How often to water your African Basil

Water needs for African Basil
0.5 cups
every 9

African Basil 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 African Basil

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for African Basil in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Basil: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

African Basil may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize African Basil

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

Care Summary for African Basil

African Basil

African Basil

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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