Today I will give you 5 tricks to have perfect basilic. With the arrival of summer, basil is among the most common plants in our balconies, terraces or gardens. The large green and fragrant leaves of this plant are among the most used in the kitchen. Basilic is one of the ingredients of the classic Caprese salad with tomato and mozzarella or is the basis of the delicious Genoese pesto. So I thought I’d give you some advice to grow healthy and luxuriant basil seedlings at home.
1 – TRANSFER THE BASILIC
Many times we return from the supermarket with a small jar of basilic. These jars do not contain a single plant, but many small seedlings grouped together. So it is necessary to transfer the basil: we extract the stick of earth, divide the seedlings (taking care not to break the roots!) And transfer them to one or more pots. In this way the roots will have more space and the single seedlings will be able to develop at their best!
2. WATER THE BASILIC
Basilic soil must always be moist. A very simple way to understand when the plant needs water is to put a finger in the ground; if we feel the dry and sandy earth we need to irrigate generously! It is also good to wet the leaves; being a plant rich in leaves the fastest and most effective way to do this is to use a nebulizer. The leaves, however, must not drip because they would lose their aroma and could rot: the nebulization must be mild and uniform.
3. HOW TO HAVE A BASIL RICH IN LEAVES
To have lush basilic we don’t have to let it bloom. We try to eliminate the upper part where the flower is formed. Every healthy basil stem makes flowers: they look like spikelets of white flowers. To avoid their formation, the ideal thing is to cut the inflorescence as soon as it is formed. This will push the plant to make more branches and therefore more leaves.
4. THE IDEAL PLACE FOR THE BASILIC
It is very important to place the basilic plants in an area of our well-lit balcony but not in direct sunlight. Although basil seems a very delicate plant, it can bear a few hours in full sun; in this case, however, the leaves would lose some of their characteristic aromas, so it is better to protect it from direct sun.
5. COLLECT THE BASIL
We often collect the lowest and largest leaves of the plant believing in this way not to spoil it. Nothing more wrong! Basilic is cut from the tips, just above one of its bifurcations, more or less to a third of its height. Collecting the youngest leaves actually promotes the growth of the plant even more; to make matters worse, young leaves are the most aromatic and fragrant! By cutting the plant frequently the flowers will also be avoided. The last tip I give you is not to get too attached to your basilic seedling … unfortunately, it is a seasonal plant, so once the summer is over it will have ended its life cycle and will dry out.