Basil.Ocimum basilicum. C13
Basil, one of the delights more well-known and used. Its aroma and flavor enhance any dish. Easy to grow, provided that do not coldconocida y apreciada en todo el mundo.
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Basil or Great Basil or Basilicum is a culinary plant that is cultivated as an annual, and which belongs to the lamiaceae family.
It needs sun, at least several hours a day, and a warm climate for its development, it is not cold resistant.
We will try to place it in a sunny site and to water frequently but avoiding soggy substrate. We may also use a base with pebbles to get some degree of humidity in the environment.
To get a bushier plant we can pinch some of the stems; and to have a more long lasting plant we can use a special fertilizer for herbs.
Regarding pests control, we should keep an eye on our plant, as there is a small green worm which suddenly appears and that hides very easily among their leaves producing holes; we can remove these little worms manually or with a natural or biological insecticide.
Once that the plant has the flower is better to replace it or to wait until new seeds sprout.
- Basil. Basilicum. Ocimum basilicum.
- Tropical areas of Asia, and from Pakistan, Iran and India.
- When it is cultivated the height is around 30cms, but in its natural habitat it can grow much more.
- On the market green and purple leaves colour can be found.
- Basil is cultivated as a seasonal plant. When the flower start to sprount cut it back to provoke new leaves coming.
- Partial shade or some hours of sun during the day.
- It needs enough water, but do not overwater, just when the soil is dried.
- For cooking. Also is widely used for keeping moskitos away due to its intense scent.
- It does not thrive with low temperatures.
- Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.
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