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Sweet Basil

4.7 out of 5 (165 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, Genovese Basil, Christmas Basil, Red Rubin, Organic Basil and lemon basil

Taxonomy

Ocimum basilicum
Ocimum
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

What other plant parents say

Sweet Basil has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 106
Sweet Basil has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 58
Sweet Basil has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 48
Sweet Basil has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 34
Sweet Basil has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 28
Sweet Basil has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 24
Sweet Basil has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 21
Sweet Basil has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Puddlesday avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Barry by Puddlesday on Greg, the plant care app
06/30/2021

Barry is an absolute treasure! He has consistently performed well above average in all areas of study except communication, which he still struggles with. One of my proudest moments was when Barry ca…

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Sparks, Nevada
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Basil by Michaellj2 on Greg, the plant care app
05/15/2021

Keep in a window with lots of sunlight, but keep the room cool or the leaves might go brown (brown leafs are still good tho). If the leaves are soft than you need to water it more/less, I personally…

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Hoboken, New Jersey
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Basil bebes by Hobokentina on Greg, the plant care app
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 L…

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Phenolphthalein avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Basil by Phenolphthalein on Greg, the plant care app
05/28/2021

My basil is definitely a water lover. Previously in terracotta, she needed water every few days, especially in warm & dry weather. I recently repotted into a pot with a self watering system and BASIL…

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@Kirbyfanacc
Basingstoke, England
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named drama queen by Kirbyfanacc on Greg, the plant care app
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 b…

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@Yeldy
New York
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Basil plant by Yeldy on Greg, the plant care app
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. Ma…

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Mount Morris, Illinois
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named herbert by Lillipad13 on Greg, the plant care app
06/01/2021

keep in a window that gets a lot of indirect light, mine is facing west and it seems to be doing really well. I also water him every morning or else he gets droopy, definitely a little dramatic but o…

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Reireiko avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Ham&Cheese by Reireiko on Greg, the plant care app
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…

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Charlotte avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Bāsil by Charlotte on Greg, the plant care app
07/03/2021

I love Bāsil, I literally stole him from my moms plant and propogated him in an old sauce bottle filled with water. It’s been 3 days and Bāsil has some nice roots. A very good boy, would reccomend

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Mar, Ontario
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Your plant by Orge.topia723 on Greg, the plant care app
05/14/2021

Grew from sprouts to 10 inches in a little over a month. Stem can snap when they are matured so be careful when trying to manipulate their shape. Good luck!!

How to care for Sweet Basil

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

Nutrients

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:

Placement

< 3ft 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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