Do you also love the fresh aroma of basil on your patio or balcony? We all know how this green wonder brightens up our kitchen. But sometimes the strong green is interspersed with brown, woody parts - the basil becomes woody. Here you can find out what you can do about it and how automatic irrigation can help.
Basil's determination: green or brown?
Basil naturally lignifies over time. Like any plant, basil strives to flower and produce seeds. This causes the stems to slowly become woody, especially when the plant is in bloom. While woodiness is normal, you can delay it and benefit from strong, green basil leaves for longer.
Preventative steps against basil lignification
One of the best ways to prevent woody growth is good plant management. Harvest your basil regularly and cut it back as soon as it starts flowering. This discourages the plant from growing taller and encourages the growth of new stems and leaves instead.
Water & sun: the key to optimal care
Like all plants, basil loves light and water, but too much of either can be harmful. Full sun exposure and too much water can stress the plant and lead to the development of hard, woody stems. Therefore, it is important to find the correct amount of water and exposure on your patio or balcony.
Automatic watering is ideal for watering your basil. Just like larger potted plants on your balcony, basil also benefits from this technology. This avoids over- or undersupply and the plant gets exactly what it needs and when it needs it.