Plant of the Month: Basil Minette

Basil Minette

Basil Minette, the baby sister of the Basil plant, is native to Africa and Asia. The dwarf bush basil has small, fragrant, sweet basil leaves with pleasing flavor. It has smaller 1/4 inch leaves and grows in bushes of 8-10 inches in width and approximately 10-12 inches in height.

Basil generally requires full sun and fertile to average, well-drained soil. Water regularly and harvest the leaves often to encourage the continued growth of tender shoots and leaves. It is also important to thin the excess growth so that the remaining growth will be more vigorous.

If you're growing them in Plantui, you don't have to worry about the growing conditions listed above. And it is not necessary to transplant the basil out either (unless you want to germinate something else!) Grow it in Plantui for a fuller and stronger flavour because of our lights and patented growth method!

If you are growing Basil minette for culinary purposes, do pinch off the flower buds. Basil is an annual plant and annuals live to flower quickly, produce seed and die. Removing the flowers will allow them to keep producing flowers instead of dedicating energy to maturing seeds.

Leaving flowers on the plant will also reduce the foliage because of part of the plant's energy will be dedicated to the blooms.

However, if the plant blooms, don't worry too much about it. Just prune back the flowers and some of the leaves and your plant will be healthier and bushier in a couple of weeks.

Harvesting basil minette

Aside from culinary uses, Basil minette is an attractive foliage plant and can be used for aesthetic purposes such as edging, in miniature knot gardens, or in containers.  

Because the Basil minette can yield so much at one go (a good problem, of course), you would most definitely have excess. In this case, you can freeze entire stems, with the leaves still attached, for best flavor retention, or dry the leaves for seasoning.

Basil Minette Plantui

Try growing it yourself!


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