Thai basil is one of the more unique basil plants that you can find. It offers an excellent new taste, full of exotic flavors. Even with the use of modern internet, there are still fairly limited resources available to herbalists, such as myself, and gardeners on this exotic plant. Right now, Thai basil is currently seeing a rise in popularity. Nine out of twelve gardeners on my block have begun to plant it in their yard alone because of its beauty, which comes in the form of a purple flower, and taste. This article, the first of several, will focus on how to plant Thai basil. We will begin by looking at the location, and then moving onto what type of fertilizer to use with Thai basil. Finally, we will look at the best type of soil and drainage that Thai basil enjoys and how frequently to water Thai basil.
What Zones to Plant Thai basil In
As stated previously, we will begin with the all mighty question, “What zone to plant Thai basil?” Thai basil is very unique in the basil family, as it withstands a variety of climates, which makes it easy to grow in nearly all zones. However, if you are a colder climate zone, I highly recommend that you bring it indoors for the winter, as it can be extremely hard on the Thai basil plant. I live in a Zone 10B climate and have been growing Thai basil for a while now, being the first person in my neighborhood to grow it. I have learned several of the key things that can save you time in my climate, which is applicable to colder zones during the spring and summer. In warmer climates, you can plant Thai basil year round but if you are in a colder climate, I recommend doing it in the spring or summer.
Where to Plant Thai basil
Thai basil enjoys a full range of sunlight, as most basil plants do. I recommend placing your Thai basil plant, as I have learned from experience, in a well-exposed area to sunlight. It is perhaps one of the key things in making your plant live the longest and grow the most tasteful leaves. Remember to check Thai basil regularly. I have found that it can go from perfect health, to terrible health relatively quickly, making it a tricky plant to grow. To prevent Thai basil from experiencing a freak occurrence of death, I recommend that you plant it away from a house. Do not be afraid of exposing this plant to the elements it is more than sturdy enough to take wind and rain.
What Type of Fertilizer to Use with Thai basil
Thai basil, from my experience, grows best with Miracle Grow vegetable and flower potting mix, which comes with three months of fertilizer inside. After that try and use a fertilizer that is suited for the basil plants in your area, this ranges from zone to zone so it is best to speak to a nursery before reading advice on the internet or a book. A general rule of thumb is to go to a local store that sells fertilizer, purchase vegetable, and flower fertilizer, if a nursery is not available. Fertilizer is an absolute must when trying to grow Thai basil.
What Type of Soil for Thai basil
Thai basil enjoys well-drained soil, which means it is best placed on a higher elevation in your garden. I have found that if you plant Thai basil and Rosemary at the same time on a raised area, they grow great side-by-side and complement each other’s colors quite well. They both enjoy well-drained soil and use the same fertilizer. In addition, if your raised area of the garden is getting flooded, the rosemary will act as a great defense for the Thai basil.
How Frequently to Water Thai basil
The most important question about Thai basil is how frequently to water it. From my experience, I can personally say that Thai basil enjoys being watered on a daily basis. Make sure that if you personally are going to be watering your Thai basil that you do it either at dawn or dusk. If you water your Thai basil in the middle of the day, you will most likely see death soon after. Be extra cautious about watering this plant! The first sign that you are watering too much will be the foliage, or leaves, will begin to turn yellow. If this is the case, simply skip a day of watering and the problem will be fixed. If you are watering the Thai basil too little, you will see that the plant will begin to suffer in its bud or flower areas. The purple flowers will begin to die. If this is the case, simply water it more and the plant will live. As long as you maintain healthy water amounts, the plant should not suffer from this problem.