How to grow Licorice basil

Licorice basil grow and care – shrub‎ type of basil of genus Ocimum also known as Anise basil or Persian basil, Licorice basil fragrant perennial evergreen in warm climate and annual plant in cold 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).

Licorice basil leaves

Leaves color green soft narrow and thin, with ovate shape in flavor that remind anise or licorice.

Flower color white, the flowers grow on inflorescence.

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How to grow Licorice basil growing and care:

Warm weather, rich soil

How to care:
Add more water in hot summer days, prune twice a year, add twice a year fertilizer

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

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Not necessary but possible and easy to vegetative reproduction

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, in full sun there is too much flower what that makes the trim of the leaves hard work

Recommended 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:
Autumn / beginning of the winter

How to prune:
Recommend to thinning the inner branches and blooming stems

Size of the plant:
0.6-1.5 m, 1-4.5 feet

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

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

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.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
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:

Edible leaves

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:
taste little bit sweet remind Licorice or Licorice

Uses of Licorice basil leaves:
Pesto, Spice

Vegetative Reproduction

How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Licorice basil?
Stems, Cutting

The best time for vegetative reproduction in Licorice basil:
Spring / Summer, in the house you can all the year

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
1-3 weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Licorice basil?
Moist, warm weather, shade, possible to put the stem in glass of water

How to grow Licorice basil from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Sow this plant it’s easy but it’s more recommend to use in vegetative reproduction

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry area

Sowing season:
Spring, but as perennial spring to autumn

Planting spacing:
1-3 cm, 0.5-1.2 inch, sowing direct 0.5-1 m,

Depth of Sowing:
0.2-0.5 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist the soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
2-3 weeks, in Krishna tulasi 1-2 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, moist soil

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum ‘Licorice’

How to grow Licorice basil

Licorice basil harvest

Licorice basil


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Herbs
  • Salad
  • Spices
  • Spreads & Sauces
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Fragrance
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9