Spicy Globe Basil Plant Care Tips:
Spicy Globe Basil (Solanum vulgare) is one of the most popular types of basil in the world. They are known for their sweet flavor and unique aroma.
You may have seen them at your local grocery store or even online!
But did you know they grow wild all over the world?
Many people enjoy eating these plants because they taste so good. There are many varieties of spicy globe basil. Some are very small, while others can reach up to 8 feet tall. All of them look similar, but some have different shapes and colors. They come in a variety of sizes and colors including red, yellow, white, pink and purple. Most varieties are greenish-yellow with dark brown leaves that turn bright orange when bruised or burned. They are easy to identify because they have a distinctive smell. However, there are other kinds of basil that don’t have the same distinct odor. For example, some varieties of basil do not produce any scent at all. So it’s best to keep your eyes open for those types of herbs if you’re looking for something else!
Sun: In general, spicy globe basil plants do best in full sun locations.
Moisture: These plants enjoy average moisture levels and are not considered to be drought-tolerant. They grow best in rich, loamy soil with lots of nutrients in it.
Hardiness: These plants are hardy only into the low 20’s (degrees Fahrenheit), so it is best to protect them from frost.
Size: Spicy globe basil plants only grow up to a height of about 2 feet. The width of the plant can reach up to 3 feet.
These plants are considered to be dwarf-sized, so they don’t grow as large as other types of basil plants.
Spacing: These plants can be spaced as close as 12″ apart. However, it is best to space them at least 15″ apart to allow room for growth and to promote branching.
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