Plant Care African Blue Basil

African Blue Basil

Also known as

Camphor Basil

Taxonomy

Ocimum kilimandscharicum
Ocimum
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

How to care for African Blue Basil

💦 Water

How often to water your African Blue Basil

Water needs for African Blue Basil
0.5 cups
every 9

African Blue 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 Blue Basil

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for African Blue Basil in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Blue Basil: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

African Blue Basil love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

African Blue Basil does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of African Blue Basil in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize African Blue Basil

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

African Blue Basil 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

African Blue Basil 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 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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💨 Humidity

African Blue Basil 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.

African Blue Basil Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

African Blue Basil 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 African Blue Basil →

When and How to Successfully Repot African Blue Basil →


💩 Fertilizer

African Blue Basil 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.

How Much and When to Fertilize African Blue Basil →


🌎 Native Region

African Blue Basil is native to Worldwide.


🧐 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 African Blue Basil

African Blue Basil

African Blue Basil


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.

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