How to Grow Holy Basil

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by admin on November 13, 2012

In India the Holy Basil is considered a sacred plant; it’s believed to bring serenity and purity. Modern herbalists have used Holy Basil in their practice. It’s been said that this herb can help alleviate stress and give more strength to your nervous system. The plant grows well and has multicolored leaves. This plant makes a great addition to any garden. This plant can help with digestive upset, respiratory disorders, reduce fever, help headaches, and help with skin care. This is a very versatile herb to grow in your garden.

How to Grow Holy Basil

Holy Basil

Step One

This plant needs an outdoor area that has a goof amount of sun exposure. The best time to plant your seeds is in the late spring around April or May. Make sure the ground is clear of any stray foliage and then work the ground with your spade or shovel. Mae sure you dig at least a foot below the surface of the ground. You want to have top soil that is smooth. The plant needs about 12 inches between each one to grow well. The plant will grow between 12 -24 inches tall. The best temperature is around 65-70 F to germinate the seeds. If growing the seeds starting indoors, start seeds in later winter at about 6 weeks before transplanting to a garden.

Step Two

Be sure to water your plants on a daily basis for the first 1-2 weeks. The plant grows well in moist soil. The soils should give under your fingers but if it’s muddy or your fingers sink into the soil then you need to v=cut back on your watering of the basil. The soil should be spongy and soft. Never use a hose on freshly planted seeds as you’ll just wash them away. Use a mild sprinkler mist or just water with a watering can to ensure enough water on the seeds but not too much.

Thin your seeds to one to 2 feet apart once your seeds have sprouted. This means you’ll need to cut out some of the weaker seedlings so the better ones can grow properly. This will also allow the best ones to grow and give them room to expand as they grow. Keep the plants away from excessive heat.

Step Three

Keep watering the plants as they grow and once they reach about 4 inches in height you can begin to pick off small leaves for use. Just pick off a few leaves on each plant don’t strip them bare. The plants will grow to about a height of 20 inches and have both green and red leaves and in mid-summer they will have purple flowers. if you harvest in the morning you’ll discourage wilting of the plant.

 

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