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Basil

Sweet Basil

Basil is a great herb to grow!

Basil is an annual herb with a sweet aroma and is great if you don't have a garden - you can grow it in a pot in your kitchen!

Before you go out and buy your basil seeds, keep in mind that you can also buy a half-grown plant at a store like Trader Joes. If you buy the plant from a store (or even if you don't!), you can, instead of stripping the leaves off, keep some leaves. Then keep watering it, and it may grow little white flowers. Wait until they become seeds, and collect the seeds, to grow again. Although the seeds might not work as well, if it was an organic plant, the seeds should still grow. And keep in mind, if you plant the seeds indoors, you can plant the seeds immidiately!

When you plant seeds, plant them in the spring outdoors after frost(unless you live in a place where you're not worried about frost). Plant the seeds somewhere around ¼ inch deep. You can plant somewhere around 9 seeds (even more if you like!) in a pot about 7 in. sq. Water the basil daily. Basil like half shade and half sun, so the're perfect for indoors near a window or on a patio or balcony. They should sprout after a week or so, and wait until they've grown for a while before picking the leaves. Another way you can plant the seeds is you can put some in some seed starter. A lot of people use peat, but it's more enviromently freindly to use seed starter. Then, water the seed starter with basil seeds twice a day lightly, keeping the seed starter moist. When the basil grows 2 leaves, you can transplant it.

When the basil grows flowers, you can either wait for the flowers to become pollinated and become seeds, or you can clip the flowers off when they start to grow. That will make the basil last longer and have bigger and more leaves. If you just leave the flowers, the leaves will stop growing, but the leaves will not die for a while. Leave some leaves on just to make sure that the plant gets enough energy.

There are may types of basil, but the most common is sweet basil.

Types of basil

  • Sweet Basil
  • Thai basil
  • Genovese basil
  • Cinnamon basil (Mexican spice basil)
  • Licorice basil (Anise or Persian basil)
  • Spicy globe basil
  • Purple ruffles basil
  • Fino verde basil
  • Nufar basil
  • Magical Michael
  • Lettuce leaf basil
  • Mammoth basil
  • Red rubin basil
  • Dark opal basil
  • Cuban basil
  • Mrs. Burns lemon basil
  • Osmin purple basil
  • Lemon basil
  • Lime basil
  • Greek column basil
  • Thai lemon basil
  • Holy basil
  • Greek bush basil
  • Dwarf bush basil
  • African blue basil