Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is renowned for its fragrant green leaves that become a kitchen staple in numerous recipes. In Bunuru (summer), dainty white blossoms adorn the plant, adding a touch of ornamental beauty. This annual herb, while primarily sought for culinary delights, also enhances garden aesthetics with its lush growth.
This versatile herb is well-suited for ground planting, pots, or vege/herb gardens. For those planting in sandy soils, enriching with compost improves the soil quality. Basil flourishes in full sun and necessitates consistent watering, particularly during the warm peaks of Birak (summer). From Kambarang (late spring) to Bunuru (summer), feed it with herb/foliage fertiliser; this bolsters leaf growth and minimises premature flowering. While Basil doesn’t demand strict pruning, pinching off the flower heads promotes a bushier appearance and extends its leaf-producing phase.
|Herbs and Veges
|40 - 60 cm
|40 - 60 cm
|Loamy, rich soil or potting mix.
|Don't allow soil to dry out, water moderately.
|Birak, Bunuru (Early to Late Summer)
|Edible plant, non-toxic to humans and animals.
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