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.
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? Yes
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: 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: Bees
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
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