Plant Care Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

4.7 out of 5 (182 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 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 3991 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.

Taxonomy

Ocimum basilicum
Ocimum
Lamiaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

Thai Basil, Basil, Genovese Basil, Christmas Basil, Red Rubin, Lemon Basil and Emerald Tower 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 Washington, District of Columbia.

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 Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

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Growing Sweet Basil in Washington right now

Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Washington, District of Columbia

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 29th, 2022

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

The availability of high quality sunli…

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Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Washington, District of Columbia

Sunlight will increase by 12.8% ☀️

May 29th, 2022

Washington is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Washington is expected to increase by 12.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.6 megajoules of energy pe…

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Light needs for plant Sweet Basil in Washington, District of Columbia

Daylight will increase by 1.2 hours 📈

May 28th, 2022

This month, Washington is getting an average of 10.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.7 total hours of …

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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 maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Washington, District of Columbia ☀️.

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.

When to repot Sweet Basil

Nutrient needs for plant Sweet Basil in Washington, District of Columbia

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

May 22nd, 2022

The growing potential in Washington is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot an…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Sweet Basil can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
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Yellow Leaves

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 Washington, District of Columbia, 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 115
Sweet Basil has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 66
Sweet Basil has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 51
Sweet Basil has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 38
Sweet Basil has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 31
Sweet Basil has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 31
Sweet Basil has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 23
Sweet Basil has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Sue avatar
@Sue
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 131 XP
globe Marine Parade, Singapore
02/12/2022

Needs sunlight and constant watering

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@Epicfarter
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Columbus, Ohio
01/22/2022

Good for beginners.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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 13 Plants
xp 464 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

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@Mulchinmaeve
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 446 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

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@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 211 XP
globe Antipolo, Calabarzon
09/06/2021

It easily propagates from cuttings!

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@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
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@Dylanslabach
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 806 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 18 Plants
xp 806 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

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@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
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@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
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@Kirbyfanacc
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 529 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

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