1. Growing ‘Holy Basil’

Asked by rainee - May 13, 2011

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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2. Basil Pest

Asked by Anonymous - May 13, 2011

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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3. Harvesting Sweet Basil

Asked by bfarley - May 17, 2011

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

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4. Basil Eaten by Small Green Caterpillars

Asked by Anonymous - May 17, 2011

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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  • 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.

5. Curling Basil Leaves

Asked by Anonymous - May 23, 2011

My basil plant leaves are curling.  What am I doing wrong? I bought two nice looking plants and we have frequently been using the leaves. Pinching the stem off with leaves, just above other leaves. I don’t keep them saturated, but moist soil. The plants are in a good sunlight location.

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6. Holes in Basil

Asked by w9pnr - May 27, 2011

How can I get rid of holes in basil leaf without using pesticides?

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7. Basil Being Eaten by Some Insect?

Asked by Anonymous - June 4, 2011

My young basil plants are being eaten by something. I assume it is an insect because of the holes in the leaves. What can I do to prevent this?

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