Mammoth basil growing herbaceous‎ type of basil genus Ocimum also known as Lettuce leaf basil, Mammoth 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+.

Mammoth basil leaves

Leaves color light green big soft with ovate with bumps, shape with gentle flavor.

Flower color white, small flowers grow on inflorescence.

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How to grow Mammoth 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, prune once a year and consider to prune the bloom stems

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

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in Mammoth basil?
Not necessary but possible vegetative reproduction

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive plant

Recommended planting season?
Spring / summer

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, in warm place strong place

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
Prune in the beginning of the bloom

What is the size of a Mammoth basil?
20-60 cm, 8-24 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun in warm climate less sun / Half 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, 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, butterfly

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All the season

How to harvest the leaves?
Recommend to trim the big leaves but not old leaves

Information about leaves:
Big green leaves, sometime the leaves loose the structure, can be more than 10 cm

Uses of Mammoth basil leaves:
Salad

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

How to grow Mammoth 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

Planting spacing:
20*25cm (8-10 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
~0.5 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
1-2 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Well drained soil

Do the seeds require burying?
No

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum ‘ Mammoth basil’

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