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Q.Does basil require acidic or alkaline soil

Zone michigan | TSUGB added on July 8, 2012 | Answered

I planted my basil in highly acidic soil and it is not tender and is bitter. I was wondering if the soil is my problem.

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Answered on July 9, 2012

Basil prefers a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. It sounds like your basil may have gone to seed. When a basil plant flowers, the leaves become bitter. It is important to the flavor to remove flowers as soon as you see them.

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