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About Sweet Basil
Sweet Basil is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge 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 5661 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.
Also known as
Thai Basil, Basil, Genovese Basil, Christmas Basil, Red Rubin, Lemon Basil, Emerald Tower Basil and lettuce Leaf basil
How to care for Sweet Basil
How often to water your Sweet Basil
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 San Jose, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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San Jose, California
Finding light for Sweet Basil in your home
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 San Jose, California ⛅.
Sweet Basil does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Sweet Basil
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.
Sweet Basil can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!
Sweet 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.
Sweet 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 🏡.
Sweet Basil is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.
Sweet 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.
Sweet 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!
Sweet 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.
Sweet Basil is native to Worldwide.
Yes, you may see your Sweet Basil bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Sweet Basil grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Sweet Basil can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
The seeds of Sweet Basil can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.
Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.
Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Sweet Basil, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Sweet Basil
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.