The herb is a noble entity. It grows easily as long as hot weather remains constant. It will die below freezing point and the leaves could burn even at 35 F. Before first winter frost arrival, the plants will look woody and not looking good, a classic sign of aging and ending life cycle —as all annuals prove.
Last year I grew four of them —Two were sweet basil, the others genovese.— The only thing they need is sun and heat. Here in May is when they really start to grow. The previous three months they were simply tiny-small plants, and you couldn’t do anything to make them grow faster.
Growing them in regular garden soil is the best option, unless you have a big pot —Twelve inches pot is ok— Any smaller pot will result in smaller plants. If you are a pesto fanatic as I’m, plant it in regular garden soil or 12 inches pot. Anything smaller will let you craving for more leaves.
Basil is so resistant that you can take it out of the garden soil and move it somewhere else. Once you move it to the new place don’t forget to water it a bit, the next few days the plant will look kaput, black, but wait and like a fenix it returns from the ashes— At least that’s my own last year’s experience with basil
They are pest resistant. Did I say basil is A VERY NOBLE PLANT?
This is a three month old basil. Now is really growing.
A wonderful thing about basil is the fact that you take all the leaves off from the plant —Making pesto out of them is a good excuse— and in a week or so the plant will be almost full of leaves again.
Plant it when the last spring frost is gone.