Basil 101: How To Take Care Of Your Basil Plant
Basil is one of the best herbs to have in your garden and kitchen. It is great for beginners just starting out, and it relatively easy to take care of. There are 50-150 different species of basil that you can start from seed in the comfort of your own home.
|Nativity||India and and Sub-tropical areas of the world.|
|Commitment Requirements||Great For Beginner Gardeners|
|Scientific Name||Ocimum Basilicum ( Lamiacea Family)|
Sunlight/Humidity Requirements: Basil Plants
Basil plants prefer to be in direct sunlight for 6-8 hours per day. Basil thrives best in warm temperatures between 80-90 degrees. Be sure to keep the humidity levels between 40-60%
Watering Requirements: Basil Plants
It is important for your basil plant to have at least 1 inch of water per week. Depending on the humidity level within your area, you may need to water your basil plant more frequently to maintain moisture in the soil. Your soil should always be moist, but be careful not to overwater or your basil could be susceptible to diseases and pests.
Best soil for Basil Plants
Basil thrives when they are in rich soil filled with organic mater, by using compost. I like to add peat moss to my basil and also plant them near tomato plants as they help each other grow in the garden. Try to find soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 (You can use a soil tester to measure it)
Growing basil indoors vs. outdoors
When growing basil indoors be sure to put your plant in a very bright location, such as a south-facing window. Basil prefers warm conditions and loves being in sun for the majority of the day.
If you feel as though your basil plant isn't getting enough light, use a grow light to promote more healthy growth!
Plant your basil in a place where it will receive a lot of direct sunlight, partial sunlight also works really well. Make sure your soil has good drainage and you should be all good to go.
Susceptible Diseases & Pests: Basil Plants
Some of the most common diseases & pests for basil plants include, fusarium wilt, bacterial leaf spot, and downy mildew. Some warning signs of this include stunted growth, leaf drop, wilted yellowing leaves, brown spots, fuzzy leaves, and severely twisted steams.
Is Basil safe for pets and children?
Basil is not toxic for pets and children. Basil is actually a great addition to any meal such as, salad, pastas, pasta sauces, pizza, sandwiches, soup, etc.
According to ASPCA.org, basil is deemed safe for pets to eat.
Health Benefits: Eating Basil
Basil can provides vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to ones diet. Traditionally basil was used to treat snake bites, colds, and inflammation of nasal passages. Today, studies revolving eating basil plants have shown to lower blood sugar, promote good cardiovascular health, and helps combat infections.
Disclaimer: This Information is ONLY for educational purposes and does not substitute for medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.
Does basil have air purifying qualities?
Yes, basil can remove dust particles from the air and provides oxygen.