Plant Care Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

4.7 out of 5 (177 experiences)

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

About Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and being a survivor with a whopping 3032 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Sweet Basil likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Sweet Basil belongs to the ocimum genus, and is native to Tropical Africa and Asia.

Taxonomy

Ocimum basilicum
Ocimum
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

thai basil, Basil, Genovese Basil, Christmas Basil, Red Rubin, Organic Basil and lemon basil

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, Colorado.

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, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Growing Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs right now

Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 18th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Colorado Springs is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is ke…

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Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sunlight will increase by 20.4% ☀️

January 17th, 2022

Colorado Springs is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Colorado Springs is expected to increase by 20.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.1 megajoules …

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Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Daylight will increase by 0.6 hours 📈

January 18th, 2022

This month, Colorado Springs is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hour…

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Finding light for Sweet Basil in your home

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

Sweet Basil love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Colorado Springs, Colorado ⛅.

Sweet Basil does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

When to repot Sweet Basil

Nutrient needs for plant Sweet Basil in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 18th, 2022

The growing potential in Colorado Springs is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Sweet Basil is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Soil
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation

Care Summary for Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Sweet Basil has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 113
Sweet Basil has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 62
Sweet Basil has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 50
Sweet Basil has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 36
Sweet Basil has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 31
Sweet Basil has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 28
Sweet Basil has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 23
Sweet Basil has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Fetchingsucc avatar
@Fetchingsucc
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Largo, Florida
01/11/2022

Love this plant great for any type of food and add flavor to ur life

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Calilaurel avatar
@Calilaurel
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 280 XP
globe Davie, Florida
11/24/2021

So pretty and smells so good. Unfortunately there were lots of gnats flying around, which i was able to fix, but then caught some baaaad scale and i had to propagate and save what I could, but she propagated super easily!! and now is right back to growing super fast.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Amieg avatar
@Amieg
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 147 XP
09/18/2021

Please note this isn’t sweet basil. Greg just thought it was

Mulchinmaeve avatar
@Mulchinmaeve
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 436 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
09/16/2021

Pretty smell, tasty leaves, easy to grow and look after, and infinite pesto at your beck and call?!?!

What’s not to love?!?!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Riley avatar
@Riley
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 102 XP
globe Orono, Maine
09/12/2021

Easy & delicious

Untilsaturn avatar
@Untilsaturn
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 554 XP
globe Independence, Missouri
09/07/2021

Smells SO good!!! bounces back from dehydration really easily.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Paula avatar
@Paula
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 202 XP
globe Antipolo, Calabarzon
09/06/2021

It easily propagates from cuttings!

Lolomostera avatar
@Lolomostera
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 59 XP
globe Long Beach, California
08/31/2021

It just keeps growing and growing out of control. I’ve been giving extra basil to my neighbors because idk what to do with it haha

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jonathan avatar
@Jonathan
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Wantagh, New York
08/30/2021

The smell is amazing.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Dylanslabach avatar
@Dylanslabach
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 752 XP
08/26/2021

Basil is amazinf

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Dylanslabach avatar
@Dylanslabach
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 752 XP
08/26/2021

Easy Basil and can gift to friends to propagate

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Abi avatar
@Abi
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 57 XP
globe West Bathurst, New South Wales
08/22/2021

nice plant, smell GOOD

Yeldy avatar
@Yeldy
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 116 XP
globe New York
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. Maybe because they are not cooking with fresh herbs. I do🥰😉

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Reireiko avatar
@Reireiko
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 82 XP
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 a spicy ham ^^

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Alexis avatar
@Alexis
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Las Vegas, Nevada
08/03/2021

Edible!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Victorious avatar
@Victorious
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 365 XP
07/31/2021

Amazing herb! Can be harvested as needed and great for a beginner plant. Works well in ground and containers. Wonderful aroma.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Hattieholmes avatar
@Hattieholmes
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 290 XP
07/30/2021

Grows super quick, so excited to have some fresh basil of my own!

Fast grower Fast grower
Kirbyfanacc avatar
@Kirbyfanacc
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 519 XP
globe Basingstoke, England
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 but will bounce back into its luscious self after a glug of water

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kit avatar
@Kit
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 287 XP
07/27/2021

Basil is a finicky plant. Get it right or it’ll die.

Browns easily Browns easily
Hobokentina avatar
@Hobokentina
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 551 XP
globe Hoboken, New Jersey
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 London and on a patio in Chicago from grocery store plants with great luck. Fingers crossed this time since we seem to be off to a good start!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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