Basil - Sweet - Ocimum basilicum
Annual Sweet basil is a slow-bolting variety that makes a wonderful pesto, and is a great choice for taking to market. Its dark-green leaves are broad and uniform.
Soil & Water: Plant in full sun in well-draining soil. Basil does not require fertile soil, however it performs best when organic matter is added. Provide even water throughout development.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost, or sow directly once soil temperatures have reached at least 70F. Pinch ends during development for a bushy plant. Basil has a very low germination rate; it is not uncommon to have germination rates of 60%. Sow heavily and thin to the most vigorous seedlings. Basil will not perform below 50F; pot indoors during winter for a year-round supply.
Harvesting & Storage: Regular harvesting will keep production high. Use leaves fresh or frozen. Remove flower stalks to extend harvest. Be sure to make the last harvest prior to first frost.
Did You Know? Basil is rich in vitamin K and beta-carotene, natural anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Soil Temperature: 75-85F
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Germination: 5-10 Days
Height At Maturity: 12"-24"
Days To Maturity: 70-80 Days
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 8"-10"
Approx Seeds per 1/4 lbs: 110,117
4 x 8 x 0.75 inches.