Plant Care Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

4.6 out of 5 (14 experiences)

Sweet Basil has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Sweet Basil has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

thai basil, Basil and Genovese Basil


Ocimum basilicum

What other plant parents say

Sweet Basil has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 9
Sweet Basil has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Sweet Basil has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Sweet Basil has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Sweet Basil has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Sweet Basil has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Sweet Basil has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Sweet Basil has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Haomiao avatar on Greg, the plant care app
Los Angeles, CA
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Baso by Haomiao on Greg, the plant care app

I cannot keep it for more than a year :(

How to care for Sweet Basil


How often to water your Sweet Basil

Water needs for Sweet Basil
0.5 cups
every 9

Sweet 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 Sweet Basil

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

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 Sweet Basil: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Sweet 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.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Sweet Basil in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Sweet Basil

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

Care Summary for Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

Sweet 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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