Growing Basil (Ocimum)

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an easy-to-grow tender herb that likes a warm, sunny site with good air circulation. It is sensitive to frost and cold, so wait until the soil and air has warmed (night temperatures consistently above 50°F) to put your plant in the garden or in a container outside. Average to rich, well-drained soil will keep your plant growing well. Harvest by cutting off branches and then removing the leaves. Pinch off flower buds to keep your plant producing stems and leaves. Water when the top 1in of soil is dry. Feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Hardy in Zones 9-10.

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