Basil - Sweet

Ocimum basilicum

Sweet Basil on the deck railing garden By Eli Christman [CC BY 2.0] (Photo Credits)

Regularly, the more you harvest the more it will produce. If kept warm and harvested often you may even get 10 months worth of Basil leaves. Choose a sunny site with well-drained soil, amend with well-rotted manure or compost. Basil Sweet, originally from India, is best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Northeast Asian cuisine of Taiwan and the Southeast Asian cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell.


Specifications of Basil - Sweet

Preferred Climate Tropical, Subtropical, Warm Temperate, Cool Temperate, Arid (Dry)Learn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 0-1m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Dwarf (1/2 Normal Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest First Year

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December


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Basil - Sweet Reviews & Tips

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Tree Lea
★★★★ 3y ago


Fresh herbs! Yum!!

★★★★★ 6y ago

Ashmore, 4214, Australia

Because it has a beautiful smell

★★★★ 7y ago

OLD BAR, NSW, Australia

Wonder spring summer herb.  Bruscetta time!  Pesto and so on.  Easy to grow and looks lovely.  Grew it last year without any issues.

★★★★★ 8y ago

Burnside, VIC, Australia

I grow mine from seeds. Super easy! Just pop some into a pot in late winter and place the pots somewhere warm. Keep it moist and well fed. When the weather warms up a little, plant them into the garden and watch them grow.  Or just scattered the seeds...

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