Basil is a popular herb in cooking and an excellent repellent to pests when used as a companion plant. Easy to grow, it will add variety to your plantation.
Basil will protect your garden
Basil attracts butterflies and a number of beneficial predatory wasps to your garden. The sweet smell of Basil in the air is used as a repellent against aphids, asparagus beetles, mosquitoes, tomato sphinxes and whiteflies. Annual crop to be restarted each year from the seed, it can be planted directly in the ground or in a container. Place a pinch of seeds on the surface and cover lightly with compost. Cut flowers and young shoots regularly to promote a healthy plant with a lush appearance.
Basil, also known as Roman Basil (Ocimum basilicum), is so popular that it is considered the royal herb. With large, soft, shiny and fragrant leaves, it is one of the most widely used aromatic herbs in the world. Basil is widely used in Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine. A Thai green curry is not really complete without adding Basil. Easy to maintain, it thrives during the hot months. Its large leaves allow it to tolerate partial shade. It blooms prolifically if allowed to bloom.
Basil helps to repel flies, mosquitoes and thrips. Basil leaves have the best flavor just before the plant flowers. Acts as an annual in the event of frost.
Latin name: Ocimum basilicum
Type: Annual herbaceous
Height: 30-130 cm
Harvest: 8 – 10 weeks after germination (unless headed, in this case no flowering). Frequent harvesting extends the life of the plant
Climate: Hot season, Full sun, sensitive to cold, dry conditions.
PH: refers to 5.5 to 6.5. Can grow between 5.1 and 8.5.
Soil: Aerated, well drained and medium to rich in composition.
Germination: 5 – 10 days / more than 21°C
Spacing: 22 – 30 cm apart
Seeds per gram: 110 and 150
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