Vegetables and herbs

Basil: maintenance tips

An easy-to-grow herb, basil grows well in pots or in the ground. Its bright green leaves are appreciated for their strong flavour.

Maintenance tips: BasilMaintenance tips: Basil

Common name: Basil


Prefers full sun exposure.


Water regularly. Does not tolerate excess water or drought.


Sensitive to cold, plant it when all danger of frost has passed in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Prefers to be sheltered from the wind.


During the summer, fertilize once a month with an all-purpose liquid or water-soluble fertilizer.


Harvest young shoots as needed. To avoid early dieback, leave a minimum of 4 to 5 rows of leaves per stem. Handle foliage with care, as bruised leaves easily turn black.

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