On Dec 10, 2007, dryad57 from Scottsburg, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
We keep this in a container on our back deck, alongside the rosemary, and it thrives. The container is molded polystyrene, and I added the water absorbent crystals to help it keep from drooping in the drought this year. The weather did cause it to jump into bloom early and often, so a lot of pinching was required, but then we got some nice seeds from that at the end of the season. It did fine - morning to mid-afternoon sunshine. We like keeping it in that spot as we regularly pick fresh herbs to put on our grilled meat. With it about 2 feet from the grill, it makes for some very tasty hot dogs!
On May 28, 2006, HobbitHerbLover from Palmdale, CA wrote:
I planted this herb on the last day of April, 2006, and today is May 28, 2006, and already it is blooming! It is one of the fastest growing herbs in my garden, and with it's fine array of leaves and a tall crown of white blooms, I completely understand why it's name means "princely".
I live in southern California, and we have strong winds here. Unlike it's cousin Cinnamon Basil, it's single stem laden with heavy, enormous leaves bends greatly on a significantly windy day. I prop mine up with Chinese chopsticks and sometimes tie the herb to them with twisty-ties (laughs). And it is doing wonderfully! Of course, you can use a more conventional way of propping them up, if you so choose ; )
I have read that its strong, pepper-like aroma repells insects, and I have noticed that no flies are attracted to this plant (as they are to my other herbs).
It does not seem to bloom as much or as fast as Cinnamon Basil. And the tall stem-like part of the plant that carries the blooms on its head is green like the rest of the plant (unlike the deep purple hue that comes with Cinnamon Basil). The blooms are white, tiny, and dainty, and every so often I find a couple scattered about my garden.
The sweet basil in my garden provides a lovely center piece, and I would recommend using it as such!
On Feb 1, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
This herb is a must in my garden. I make a bruschetta topping with it that I learned how to make in Sicily. It consists of chopped tomato, olive oil, lots of crushed garlic and lots of chopped basil. Some folks add a few red pepper flakes. Best a day old. Serve on crusty bread brushed with olive oil and grilled.
On Oct 9, 2005, theinfamousj from Chapel Hill, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Basil has been about the easiest plant that I've ever grown (aside from Aloe vera). I clip the growing tip to harvest, pull off the leaves I need, root the remaining bit, and then plant it back in the garden or give it away. I find that this keeps my basil plants under control.
Two quick notes about dry leaves:
1. You don't have to dry on the stem. I make a baggie out of tulle and hang it full of the larger basil leaves that I also strip when rooting up a tip cutting. They dry the same as they would on the stem.
2. When using dry leaves and you have to crumble them, grinding them between the heels of your palms does a much better job (or faster) than a mortar and pestle.
On Sep 19, 2004, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:
I've grown Sweet Basil in my herb pots for years. But until this year, when I picked some for my kitchen - put it in water on my counter and promptly forgot to use it - I didn't realize how easily it rooted. :-) Plain water, no special technique used, and a few days later...NEW plants!
A great way to begin learning about propagation...and tasty, too!
On Jul 7, 2004, knibblet from lamma island Hong Kong wrote:
The Chinese name for basil is 'jiu ceng ta', or 'nine-storey pagoda'. It is easy to see how it got this name when the plant is in full flower. It is widespread in Hong Kong gardens, a favourite of both local Chinese and foreign residents, used in many dishes. It is also reputed to be effective as a mosquito repellent, by simply squeezing the leaves and rubbing the juice onto your skin.
A small plant (unconfirmed type -- most likely Thai basil) found growing at the side of a dirt path was transplanted with massive success in our sprawling garden, and has re-seeded itself, with some human intervention (scattering and/or planting some seeds), across large areas, equally successful in the ground, potting compost, growing through cracks in concrete. One of the plants that flourishes throughout the year in Hong Kong's extreme climate (summers up to 37 degrees C, hot drought-like spells, with high humidity, interspersed with heavy tropical rainstorms, cool winters with occasional drops to as low as 3 degrees C).
On Dec 5, 2003, art_n_garden from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:
Pesto!! One of my all time favorite pasta additions. very easy with your own plant. pine nuts, basil leaves, olive oil, salt, garlic, and a food processor.
Also, I always pick the flowers off of my basil plants-- they arent that pretty and sap the energy right out of the plant. it will grow much faster and bushier if you pluck them off the second they start coming.
On Jun 17, 2003, PaulRobinson from Torrance, CA wrote:
I find it amusing that the comments regarding this wonderful herb fail to mention its culinary uses. Basil, tomato, mozzaella, and olive oil (Italian "Ensalata Caprice") is a marveleoous example of Basil's wonderful flavor.
Easy to grow in average soil with ample water, full sun. Good as container plant. Very attractive to snails, etc. The foliage is an attractive bright green, making it pleasant to see in any garden. Flowers a very small, white, on short spikes.
On Aug 31, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
These plants, as well as oils from them, have received lots of attention for their potential medicinal properties. Of these plants, O. basilicum is the most widely used. It is used in cosmetics, liqueurs, medicines, and perfumes.
On Aug 11, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Most common type grown. White flowers. Bright green, 2 to 3 inch long leaves. Erect habit. Clovelike scent.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Tuscaloosa, Alabama East Sahuarita, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports) Picture Rocks, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Conway, Arkansas Solgohachia, Arkansas Castro Valley, California La Riviera, California Laguna West-lakeside, California Lawndale, California Loyola, California Lucerne Valley, California Merced, California Mountain View, California (2 reports) Oak View, California Oakland, California Sacramento, California Vincent, California Edgewater, Colorado Pueblo, Colorado New Haven, Connecticut Carver Ranches, Florida Citrus Ridge, Florida Ellenton, Florida Fruitville, Florida Indialantic, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Loxahatchee, Florida Lutz, Florida Navarre, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Port St Lucie, Florida Rockledge, Florida South Venice, Florida Tampa, Florida Webster, Florida Augusta, Georgia Carrollton, Georgia Honomu, Hawaii Chillicothe, Illinois Morris, Illinois Georgetown, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Iowa City, Iowa Kansas City, Kansas Central City, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Estelle, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Litchfield, Maine Valley Lee, Maryland Groveland, Massachusetts Quincy, Michigan Mathiston, Mississippi Saucier, Mississippi Blue Springs, Missouri Springfield, Missouri Silver Springs, Nevada Greenville, New Hampshire East Freehold, New Jersey Parsippany-troy Hills Township, New Jersey Ramblewood, New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico Rio Rancho, New Mexico , New York Deposit, New York New York, New York Ronkonkoma, New York Troy, New York Cape Carteret, North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina Monroe, Ohio Vinton, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania Scranton, Pennsylvania Vieques, Puerto Rico Conway, South Carolina Greer, South Carolina Clarksville, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Lenoir City, Tennessee Aldine, Texas Austin, Texas (2 reports) Fort Worth, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) Katy, Texas Kerrville, Texas Longview, Texas North Richland Hills, Texas Robinson, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Castleton, Vermont Charlottesville, Virginia Jonesville, Virginia Lake Monticello, Virginia Norfolk, Virginia Wytheville, Virginia Millwood, Washington Spokane, Washington West Lake Sammamish, Washington Brookhaven, West Virginia Liberty, West Virginia Volga, West Virginia Muscoda, Wisconsin Wind Point, Wisconsin