Greek column basil grow and care – herbaceous type of basil in genus Ocimum also known as Ocimum basilicum Lesbos or Greek columnar basil, Greek column basil annual plant used as edible plant for the leaves also used as ornamental plant and it’s fragrant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 5+.

Greek column basil leaves

Leaves color light to dark green, leave small with high density in ovate shape

Flower color white, small flowers grow on inflorescence

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How to grow Greek column basil growing and care:

Well drained soil, Add more water in hot summer days

How to care:
Add more water in hot summer days, fertilizer 2-4 year, put organic matter

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in Greek column basil?
No, but possible

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Not something special

Recommended planting season?
Spring

Pests and diseases:
Aphids

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
Prune in the beginning of the bloom

Size of the plant?
10-20 cm, 4-8 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Less than 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, 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.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer

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 and more pollinators

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All season

How to harvest the leaves?
Cut the brunch and leave few buds above the ground

Information about leaves:
Small green leaves

Uses of Greek column basil leaves:
Pesto, salad, herb, spices

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Stems / cutting

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring. Early summer

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
1-2 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Put in glass of water and change the water every few days

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum

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