I am researching water and energy requirements for growing and using basil....

Asked October 26, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT

I am researching water and energy requirements for growing and using basil. Can you direct me to a source that could explain whether planting and using basil for culinary purposes in a large scale takes up a lot of water and energy? Thank You

King County Washington

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There are several basil production guides available (see links below). If you are considering greenhouse production, yes, it requires heat. Basil grows best at temperatures around 70F (21C). And it requires regular irrigation or hydroponics.