Gardening Australia

PLANT sweet basil


Sweet basil thrives in warm conditions and now’s the time to sow seed or plant seedlings in pots or in the ground. It loves a fertile soil, plenty of water and a regular dose of liquid fertiliser. In most areas, sweet basil is trouble-free, but watch out for leaf-munching snails or caterpilla­rs, especially when plants are young. Downy mildew is proving to be a problem in humid areas. The disease appears as grey fuzzy spores on the leaves and can be devastatin­g. Reduce the potential for problems by keeping water off the foliage. Growing plants in pots also allows you to move them under shelter during rainy periods.

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