Avoid lignification of your basil on the terrace and balcony

Vermeide Verholzung deines Basilikums auf Terrasse und Balkon

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.


Woody growth in basil is perfectly normal, but can be curbed with good plant care and proper watering. With automatic watering, you get rid of this problem elegantly and at the same time ensure that your basil thrives in every location on the balcony or terrace. Give your green thumb a technology boost with Boum and enjoy the green splendor on your balcony or terrace.

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