The most important location criteria at a glance
Its tropical origin already suggests, basil has a high need for sunlight. In addition, Königskraut is surprisingly one of the strong eaters, which is an exception for herbal plants. This is how a location should be:
- sunny location with at least 6 hours of sunshine in summer
- warm and without cold drafts
- preferably protected from splashing rain
- deep, well-drained soil
- rich in nutrients and well equipped with humus
- A pH of 6.5 to 7.5 is ideal
- Fertilize basil properly for best growth and full aroma
- What should the soil be like for basil?
- Under what conditions can basil overwinter?
Regardless of the preference for plenty of sun and warmth, basil in the pot should not be exposed to the damming heat of a reflective south wall. A place surrounded by air is advantageous so that raindrops dry faster.
So take the crop rotation into account
Like many other crops, basil is incompatible with itself. It is therefore advisable to plant the annual herb plant in a different location each year. Other herbs such as thyme, dill, marjoram, lemon balm or savory should not be planted there, as these are not compatible with royal herb.
Cucumbers are well suited candidates for mixed cultivation, because the royal herb keeps mildew away from them.
Tips & Tricks
Basil is an excellent companion for tomatoes. The intense scent, characterized by the essential oils, keeps cunning pests away. At the same time, the royal herb can enjoy rain protection through the tomato roof. As long as the powerful tomatoes of the herb plant do not rob the sunlight, it is an exemplary win-win constellation.