Cinnamon basil grow and care – shrub of the genus Ocimum also known as Mexican basil, Cinnamon basil perennial evergreen or annual plant in colder climate, used as edible plant for the leaves also used as ornamental plant and it’s fragrant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10b+ (perennial), 5-10 (as annual).
How to care: Add more water in hot summer days, fertilizer 2-4 year, put organic matter, prune once a year and consider to prune the bloom stems
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed
Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction? Not necessary but possible
Difficulties or problems when growing: Full sun there is too much flower
Planting season: Spring in hardiness zone 5-10 as annual, as perennial spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11 and hardiness zone 12+ all year.
Pests and diseases: Aphids, mealy bug
Pruning season: All the season
How to prune:
It’s necessary to prune the bloom unless you want the seeds
Size of the plant: 0.2-1m, 0.8-3 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, when grow in container, size 5-12 liter (1.5-3 gallon) amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot, when it’s grow as perianal every two years to switch soil in the pot or just part of it, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.
Bloom season: Summer
General information about the flower Small purple 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 and other pollinators
Leaves harvesting season: All the season after the plants is fully grown
How to harvest the leaves? Trim branches but leave few buds on the branch
Information about leaves: oval leaves and serrate in the edge
Uses of Cinnamon basil leaves: Pesto, Spice, Beverage
How to grow Cinnamon basil from seeds
Sowing requirement: Easy to sow no special demand
Saving seeds until sowing: Room temperature, dry
Sowing season: Spring after the last frost, but as perennial spring to autumn
Planting spacing: 20*20cm (8*8 inches)
Depth of Sowing: 0.5cm (0.25 inche)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water / Big amount of water