Plant Care Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

4.7 out of 5 (120 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 81
Sweet Basil has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 44
Sweet Basil has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 34
Sweet Basil has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 24
Sweet Basil has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 21
Sweet Basil has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 19
Sweet Basil has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 12
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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@Michaellj2
Sparks, NV
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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@Hobokentina
Hoboken, NJ
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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@Lillipad13
Mount Morris, IL
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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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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South Bruce Peninsula, ON
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!!

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@Kobrakai
North Little Rock, AR
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Hemingway by Kobrakai on Greg, the plant care app
07/15/2021

Hardy, fast growing, deliciously fragrant, and incredibly useful around the house for cooking, tea, and more! Great for beginners, it’s my pride and joy.

Plantboi avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Gobi by Plantboi on Greg, the plant care app
05/22/2021

make sure you have a big enough plant pot and water with fertilizer mixed with water. basil doesn’t grow to be too big, but the roots need space

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@Paraicmclean
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Sweet Basil named Art by Paraicmclean on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

You gotta water it a lot. It needs lots of sunlight. It doesn’t like being cold. It loves to be dramatic. But it does smell lovely!

How to care for Sweet Basil

Water

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 located in Colorado Springs, CO.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

Plant care guide for Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

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Growing Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs right now

Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, CO

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

July 27th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Colorado Springs is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality…

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Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, CO

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 5.7% ☀️

July 27th, 2021

Colorado Springs is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Colorado Springs is expected to decrease by 5.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.4 megajoules of …

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Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, CO

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

July 28th, 2021

This month, Colorado Springs is getting an average of 13.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 4.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.7 total hou…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Colorado Springs, CO ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Sweet Basil thrive 🌿!

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:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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