The Sweet Basil is an aromatic herb, popular for its taste and used widely for cooking. It is commonly used to make pesto and adds flavor to dishes like pasta and pizza.
- Plant height: 4 to 6 inches
- Pot diameter: 3 to 5 inches
We also recommend putting herbs like Sweet Basil in our cocopots as they thrive well in them too.
History & Health Benefits
Ocimum basilicum is the botanical name for Basils which is native to Asia. Being cultivated for over 5,000 years, the herb has pretty much reached different areas of the globe. It was found that Basils were used for embalming and preserving mummies in ancient Egypt as they were discovered inside tombs. It was also believed to serve as protection in different cultures from India and Crete.
This herb for sale in the Philippines contains nutritional content such as Vitamin A and K, Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Zinc and Potassium. They’re rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflamatory properties, while its essential oils have many benefits as well. Sweet Basil can help reduce oxidative stress, regulate blood sugar, and prevent heart disease.
This herb for sale in Manila thrives best in hot climates. They should be placed outdoors where it has access to direct sunlight at least 6 to 8 hours a day. They also like a well-draining potting mix and moist soil most of the time. It’s easy to spot a thirsty basil as its leaves will droop at once. Watering should be done daily at least once, but twice to thrice a day on a hot weather. They can be ready for harvest once they’re around 6 to 8 inches tall!
Snip around a 4 inch-long stem right below a node, make sure this stem has not yet flowered. Take out the leaves at the bottom 2 inches and place them in a glass of water. Make sure that they’re positioned somewhere with bright sunlight, and don’t forget to change the water weekly or when needed. Wait for around 2 weeks to a month, or until its roots grow to at least about 2 inches long. Afterwards, pot them as you would with any Basil plant and make sure they get direct sunlight!