Sweet Basil will help protect your cannabis garden
As a companion plant to cannabis, Sweet Basil, attracts butterflies and a number of beneficial predatory wasps to your garden. The sweet aroma of basil in the air acts as a deterrent to aphids, asparagus beetles, mosquitoes, tomato horn-worms, and whitefly. An annual grown from seed fresh every year, it can be sown directly in the ground or in a container. Place a pinch of seeds on the surface and cover lightly with soil mix. Regularly pluck out the flowers and young growth to encourage a healthy plant with a lush aspect.
Sweet Basil, also known as St. Josephs Wort (Ocimum basilicum), is so well regarded it is considered the royal herb. With large, soft, lush and fragrant foliage it is one of the most extensively used culinary herbs in the world. Sweet Basil features predominantly in Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine, and a Thai green curry doesn’t taste quite right until the Basil is added. Easy to look after and thriving in the warmer months its broad leaves means it can tolerate part shade and it will flower prolifically if allowed.
|Ocimum basilicum||Annual, herbaceous.||30 – 130cm (30 – 45 cm)||8 – 10 weeks from germination (unless topped, then doesnt flower). Frequent harvesting will prolong the life of the plant.||Aromatic, disctraction (small white flowers) and stealth.||Warm season, Full sun, sensitive to cold, dry conditions.|
|pH||Soil||Germination||Spacing||Seeds per gram||Note|
|Prefers 5,5 to 6,5. Can grow between 5,1 and 8,5.||Loose, well drained, and average to rich in composition.||5 – 10 days / above 21°C||22 – 30cm apart||500 and 1.000||Basil helps repel flies, mosquitoes, and thrips. Basil leaves have the best flavour just before the plant flowers.
It behaves as an annual if there is any chance of a frost.