Basil Plants

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  1. Light Requirements for Herbs
  2. Seeds From Basil Plant
  3. Type of Basil
  4. Growing ‘Holy Basil’
  5. Basil Pest
  6. Harvesting Sweet Basil
  7. Basil Eaten by Small Green Caterpillars
Asked by Anonymous on May 3, 2011
Light Requirements for Herbs

I would like to plant a small herb garden – basil, thyme and rosemary mostly- and need to know how much light these plants require. The area I have picked gets a lot of shade/indirect light and currently ferns and hostas are doing very well there.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
While most herbs require full sun, here are some shade tolerant herbs: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/shade-tolerant-herbs-for-your-herb-garden.htm
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Asked by brierty on May 5, 2011
Seeds From Basil Plant

Regarding the seeds from basil plant, can I put them in dirt or do they need to be dried out?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
As long as they come from dried flowers, they can be replanted without drying. It is best to wait until the flowers are dry to make sure that you are collecting fully ripe seeds.
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Asked by Anonymous on May 9, 2011
Type of Basil

I recently visited Ismir, Turkey and saw a Basil plant I found to be very interesting. The leaves are 1/4 -1/2 inch, a mini version of sweet Basil. At first I thought it was a young sweet basil plant. However, I then saw numerous full grown plants, about two feet tall with the very small leaves. What type of basil is this, and is it useful in cooking or purely ornamental? I found a list of various types of basil in an article at:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/herb/what-are-the-varieties-of-basil-a-list-of-basil-types. htm

However, it is difficult to find the basil I’m describing without descriptions.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
It sounds like it may have been globe basil: http://home.ivillage.com/gardening/picks/article/0,,7138pbm0_2r36,00.html
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Asked by rainee on May 13, 2011
Growing ‘Holy Basil’

Mediterranean basil is easily available and I have successfully grown it many times; however, my enquiry is twofold regarding ‘Holy basil’. I first came across this herb whilst in Thailand. It is has an unusual flavour that cannot be replicated. Like so many Thai ingredients, it is readily available there as it grows in the wild under many different conditions–wet/dry/hot/humid. The closest I have come to trying anything similar was a ‘lemon flavour’ variety of basil, which unfortunately did not germinate. I was very disappointed; however, before I try this variety again, is it possible to locate and purchase the seed of the Holy basil plant here in the UK?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
You should be able to buy seeds for this in the UK. You might want to look for it under the name tulsi, which is another common name for it. This is one site that sells the seeds: http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item.php?id=1376P
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Asked by Anonymous on May 13, 2011
Basil Pest

Have new Basil (still in store pots) that have been on my patio for about two weeks here in Memphis, TN. When I started to plant in larger pot today, I noticed many leaves partially eaten. What might I do to rid the pest and still eat the Basil in the future?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
The very best organic pest control I have found is neem oil. It's very effective and safe for beneficial bugs, like bees and lady bugs. It's also safe for humans. Here is more information on neem oil: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm
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Asked by bfarley on May 18, 2011
Harvesting Sweet Basil

How do you know when Sweet Basil is ready to be harvested?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
You should start pinching your basil as soon as it about 6" tall. Just pinch off the tips of the branches (and use them in a recipe) and continue to do so through the season. This article will help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/making-herbs-bigger-through-pinching-and-harvesting.htm
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Asked by Anonymous on May 18, 2011
Basil Eaten by Small Green Caterpillars

I am growing basil and a small green caterpillar eats the leaves up. They are very small and hard to find. I don’t want to spray, any suggestions?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) spray can quickly eradicate these leaf and stem-eating worms. It is a safe, biological insecticide. In fact, Bt is a bacterium which is toxic to many moth and butterfly larvae (caterpillars) and will not harm the plants or other beneficial creatures.
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