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Basil
Ocimum basilicum is available at
Plant Care Instructions By john noble

Basil is a deliciously fragrant herb. It is an easy to grow annual that should be planted in early spring and will usually produce and survive until hit with a frost, or extreme cold. Snails and slugs like it as much as humans, so young plants need protection or they will be devoured overnight.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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  • May
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  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • March
        • Buy

            Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Plant

            Plant seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Sow Seeds

            Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

        • Fertilize

            Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

        • Water

            Needs regular watering 2 or 3 times a week to get established.

        • Protect

            Protect young plant from snails.

        • Transplant

            Transplant young starts.

      • April
        • Buy

            Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Plant

            Plant seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Sow Seeds

            Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

        • Water

            Needs regular watering 2 or 3 times a week to get established.

        • Protect

            Protect young plant from snails.

        • Transplant

            Transplant young starts.

      • May
        • Buy

            Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Plant

            Plant seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Sow Seeds

            Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

        • Fertilize

            Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

        • Water

            Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

        • Protect

            Protect young plant from snails.

        • Transplant

            Transplant young starts.

        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • June
        • Buy

            Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Plant

            Plant starts this time of year.

        • Sow Seeds

            Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

        • Water

            Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

        • Mulch

            Lightly mulch with organic compost.

        • Protect

            Protect young plant from snails.

        • Transplant

            Transplant young starts.

        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • July
        • Buy

            Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

        • Plant

            Plant starts this time of year.

        • Fertilize

            Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

        • Water

            Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

        • Mulch

            Lightly mulch with organic compost.

        • Transplant

            Transplant young starts.

        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • August
        • Water

            Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

        • Mulch

            Lightly mulch with organic compost.

        • Transplant

            Transplant young starts.

        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • September
        • Fertilize

            Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

        • Water

            Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

        • Mulch

            Lightly mulch with organic compost.

        • Transplant

            Transplant young starts.

        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • October
        • Water

            Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • November
        • Water

            Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • December
        • Harvest

            Harvest as needed.

      • Winter
        • Spring
          • Summer
            • Fall
              • Buy

                When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

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                • March

                  Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

                • April

                  Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

                • May

                  Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

                • June

                  Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

                • July

                  Buy seeds or starts this time of year.

              • Plant

                When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

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                • March

                  Plant seeds or starts this time of year.

                • April

                  Plant seeds or starts this time of year.

                • May

                  Plant seeds or starts this time of year.

                • June

                  Plant starts this time of year.

                • July

                  Plant starts this time of year.

              • Sow Seeds

                When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

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                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

                • April

                  Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

                • May

                  Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

                • June

                  Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime from March through June.

              • Fertilize

                When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                •  Jan
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                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

                • May

                  Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

                • July

                  Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

                • September

                  Lightly fertilize or add compost to soil every other month.

              • Water

                Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                •  Jan
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                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Needs regular watering 2 or 3 times a week to get established.

                • April

                  Needs regular watering 2 or 3 times a week to get established.

                • May

                  Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

                • June

                  Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

                • July

                  Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

                • August

                  Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

                • September

                  Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

                • October

                  Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

                • November

                  Deep water established plants once or twice a week.

              • Prune

                When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

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                •  Dec
                • Mulch

                  Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                  •  Jan
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                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • June

                    Lightly mulch with organic compost.

                  • July

                    Lightly mulch with organic compost.

                  • August

                    Lightly mulch with organic compost.

                  • September

                    Lightly mulch with organic compost.

                • Protect

                  When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                  •  Jan
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                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • March

                    Protect young plant from snails.

                  • April

                    Protect young plant from snails.

                  • May

                    Protect young plant from snails.

                  • June

                    Protect young plant from snails.

                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

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                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Treat for Pest/Disease

                    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

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                    •  Aug
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                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Transplant

                      When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
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                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • March

                        Transplant young starts.

                      • April

                        Transplant young starts.

                      • May

                        Transplant young starts.

                      • June

                        Transplant young starts.

                      • July

                        Transplant young starts.

                      • August

                        Transplant young starts.

                      • September

                        Transplant young starts.

                    • Propagate

                      When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

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                      • Harvest

                        When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • May

                          Harvest as needed.

                        • June

                          Harvest as needed.

                        • July

                          Harvest as needed.

                        • August

                          Harvest as needed.

                        • September

                          Harvest as needed.

                        • October

                          Harvest as needed.

                        • November

                          Harvest as needed.

                        • December

                          Harvest as needed.

                      • Special requirements

                        Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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