African blue basil growing shrub type of basil of the genus Ocimum also known as Blue basil, African blue basil perennial evergreen in warm climate and annual in colder climate also used as ornamental plant and attract pollinators, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10b+ (perennial), 5-10 (as annual).
African blue basil leaves
Leaves color of can be: green, blue or purple the shape is oval
Flower color purple, the flowers small that grow on inflorescence
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Requirements for African blue basil growing and care:
Warm weather, rich soil
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in African blue basil?
Necessary vegetative reproduction
Difficulties or problems when growing:
In full sun there is too much flower what that makes the trim of the leaves hard work
Recommended planting season?
Spring as annual, spring, summer, autumn as perennial
Pests and diseases:
Autumn / beginning of the winter
How to prune:
recommend to thinning the inner branches
Size of the plant?
0.6-1.2 m, 1-4 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Spring / Summer
General information about the flower
Small purple flower that grow on inflorescence
Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the flower
Pollination is done by:
None it’s sterile
How to make Vegetative Reproduction?
The best time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Summer, in the house you can all the year
How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction?
Moist, warm weather, shade, possible to put the stem in glass of water
Leaves harvesting season
All year long, in the winter sometime the plant is week, depend in how much it’s cold
How to harvest the leaves?
Prune the entire branch except leave few buds
Information about leaves:
The leaves are green, blue, purple the shape is oval
Uses of African blue basil leaves:
Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum ‘Dark Opal’