Basil Italian Large Leaf HEIRLOOM Seeds

Basil Italian Large Leaf HEIRLOOM Seeds

Ocimum basilicum

Item #5022

Annual. There is nothing like the aroma of basil in the summer! There is no more useful herb; use in a number of Italian dishes. Accent fish, poultry and rice, add to mild vegetables and salads, serve with fresh mozzarella, or make basil vinegar! In a warm, south window, basil can grow indoors in the winter! A good container variety.

This packet sows twelve 10-foot rows or 12 successive sowings of 10-foot rows.



Annual

Full sun

18”-24” tall
10” wide

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1/4”

Seed Spacing:
A group of 4
seeds every
10”

Thinning:
When 2” tall,
thin to 1
every 10”


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when temperatures are warm. Recommend 3 or 4 successive sowings every 3 weeks after initial sowing. Basil is very sensitive to frost.

When to start inside: 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting outside.

Special sowing instructions: Easy to grow from seed. Must have warm temperatures; wait to sow outdoors until nighttime temperature are above 50°F.

Harvesting: Basil should be harvested before the plant flowers. The leaves have more flavor when harvested in the morning. The young, top leaves taste the best, and should be used fresh; the older leaves may be used for vinegar and pesto. Cut a few stems but never more than 1/3 of the plant. Wash stems, gently shake dry, and strip the leaves off the stem. If there is any chance of temperature dropping to 32°F, harvest crop immediately; basil is very frost sensitive.

Artist: Donna Clement



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