Aristotle Basil Seeds

Aristotle Basil Seeds

Grows Where Other Basils Cannot!


(P) Pkt of 50 seeds
Item # 52485-PK-P1
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63 days from sowing.

Attractive enough to be an ornamental but so delicious you'll rush to harvest the tiny, fragrant, flavorful leaves, Aristotle is the basil you will come to rely on in your garden. No matter what the weather does, or the condition of your soil, or other environmental stresses, it will endure while other varieties cannot. A true-blue dependable herb!

This Greek variety is highly aromatic and small-leaved, quickly growing into a very bushy, dense plant somewhat like an overgrown cushion. Great for pots, it spills over the sides yet still looks full in the center. And it flowers later in summer than others, which extends your season of harvest (the foliage loses much of its flavor once the plant begins to flower).

Though it is also delicious fresh, frozen, and in sauces, Aristotle is a particularly good basil for drying. Its smaller leaves seem to retain more flavor and spicy bite than many other varieties, and you will love the difference it makes to all your homecooked dishes. And you can harvest the entire plant at once, if you like, or simply pick the leaves as you need them all season long.

Aristotle reaches about 8 inches high and spreads at least a foot wide. Plant it freely along pathways and among flowering annuals as well as in the herb garden and vegetable patch. It's compact enough for kitchen pots on the windowsill, too!

Begin the seeds either indoors in late winter or direct-sow in spring. To start indoors, sow about 6 to 8 weeks before last scheduled frost. The seeds will germinate in 5 to 10 days. Transplant when they have 2 sets of true leaves, spacing the plants 8 to 10 inches apart in the garden, or in your best containers.

If you are direct-sowing, wait until the soil has thoroughly warmed up in spring. Then cover the seeds with about ¼-inch of soil, and thin the young plants to 8 to 10 inches apart when they are about 2 inches tall.

Pinch off the central stem when the young plants are about 6 weeks old, and prune back each stem when it has more than 8 sets of leaves. (Cut it back to the first or second set of leaves, harvesting the rest.) If you keep your plants well pinched and pruned, you should be able to harvest half a cup of fresh leaves every week during the growing season!

Aristotle needs consistently moist, rich soil. Mulch the plants to retain moisture, and water heavily during dry spells. Harvest the plant before the cold weather sets in, as this will affect the leaves' texture and flavor. Freeze entire stems, with the leaves still attached, for best flavor retention, or dry the leaves for seasoning. Pkt is 50 seeds.