Basil is a warm weather plant that should be planted in mid to late May. For more information about growing basil, click here.

VARIETIES: 

Most basil varieties grow well in Utah, some of the top varieties include Red Rubin, Lemon and Greek.

Cultivation:

Soil preparation:

Basil prefers fertile, well-drained loamy soils rich in organic matter.  Most soils in Utah are well suited for basil production, use compost and fertilizers to ensure the best outcome.  To learn more about soil preparation, click here.

Planting:

  •    Basil garden should be placed in a full sun area. 
  •    Plant seeds of all varieties 1/8-inch deep.
  •    Once seedlings emerge, thin the plants so they are 3-4 inches apart. 
  •    Continue thinning the plants as they grow until they are 12 inches apart.

 

Irrigation: Basil need regular watering, provide the plant with 1 ½ inches of water each week. Water requirements might change due to the soil. For more information on watering, click here

Fertilization: Due to the need for extra nitrogen place 1/3 cup of fertilizer every 2-3 weeks. To learn more about fertilization, click here.

Harvest: Start trimming the basil leaves once the plant has 6-8 leaves.  To remove, use scissors or a sharp knife.

Common pests and diseases: Japanese Bettels, Grasshoppers and slugs are common insects that can affect basil.  Root Rot and Basil Shoot Blight are diseases that can distress basil. For more information about pests and diseases, click here.