Ocimum basilicum (Basil) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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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.

Here's what you should be doing each month of the year for this plant in Sunset Zones 23 & 24 or USDA Zones 10a & 10b: Find Your Climate Zone.

Click a month to be taken directly to that months plant care: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

Basil2January

There's nothing to do this time of year in these Zones.

February

There's nothing to do this time of year in these Zones.

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

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Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum
Florence Fennel
23, 24
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Ocimum basilicum
Basil
23, 24
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Borage
23, 24
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Lavandula angustifolia 'Martha Roderick'
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22, 23, 24
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Calendula officinalis
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23, 24
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Lavandula angustifolia
English Lavender
22, 23, 24
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Globe Artichoke
23, 24
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Lavandula dentata var. dentata 'Linda Ligon'
French Lavender
22, 23, 24

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.

 

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You can get these instructions sent directly to your Profile page, click here to learn how.

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  • Search for plant care alphabetically here.
  • Add Ocimum basilicum (Basil)  to one of your plant lists, learn how.
  • Search our plant database for photos and more great information here.
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