Capable breeders have achieved a remarkable innovation with the basil tree. A mysterious veil lies over the precise process of grafting on a trunk. Maintenance is less of a mystery. You can find out all the important details here.
This location promises the best growth
A sunny, warm location is of fundamental importance for basil to thrive as a tree. The herbal plant should not be exposed to cold draughts, nor to pounding rain. If you prefer cultivation in beds, the soil should be nutrient-rich, humus-rich, and freshly moist.
In buckets, we recommend compost-based potting soil, optimized by adding sand, perlite, expanded clay, or lava granules.
A balanced water and nutrient balance
As a heavy feeder, basil is dependent on a balanced supply of water and nutrients. If you avoid rashes in one direction or the other, the plant will thank you with vitality and a rich harvest. How to do it right:
- Water basil when the substrate surface has dried,
never sprinkle overhead
- fertilize organically weekly during the growing season
- In addition, work in cattle manure in granular form every 14 days in the bed
In a pot, the basil tree requires a little more care than in the bed. Check the watering requirements daily, especially on warm summer days.
This is how the little tree gets through the winter healthy
The warmth-loving basil develops its unique aroma to perfection in the fresh air. As soon as the temperatures drop below 12 degrees (53F), the time is ripe for relocation to winter quarters. If the tree finds a sunny window seat at 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (59-68), continue harvesting the aromatic leaves throughout the winter.
In view of the reduced light and temperature conditions, the need for water and nutrients decreases. Always water after a thumb test so that no waterlogging forms. In this phase, fertilizer is applied every 4 to 6 weeks.
A flowering basil tree is undoubtedly a feast for the eyes. However, if the first flowers are not removed, the leaves will take on a bitter taste. In addition, the plant stops growing only to die after its seeds mature. You can prevent this shortcoming by regularly harvesting the shoot tips at a length of 5-7 centimeters (2-3 inches).