How to grow Basil tree

Basil tree growing shrub‎ type of basil an hybrid of genus Ocimum also known as Bonsai basil, Basil tree perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental bonsai plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b+.

Basil tree leaves

Leaves color green in ovate shape, the size 1-3 cm.

Flower color white, small white flowers grow on inflorescence.

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Requirements for Basil tree growing and care:

Well drained soil, Add more water in hot summer days

What is the best way to start growing?

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Necessary to graft

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Not something special, sensitive to frost (Won’t survive more than 6C)

Recommended planting season?
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, prodenia

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
Prune in the beginning of the bloom

What is the size of a Basil tree?
25-35 cm, 10-14 inch

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half shade / Full shade (with light)

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Small white flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Should thinning the inflorescence when they start to bloom, all the strength of the plant go to the blossom

Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
After the plant in full size you can start to trim all the season. Can be after 3-4 weeks

How to harvest the leaves?
Trim branches but leave few buds on the branch

Information about leaves:
Green oval leaves

Uses of Basil tree leaves:
Pesto, salad, herb, spices

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum ‘long feet’

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone