Culinary Blend Basil Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #52429-PK-P1
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A trio of irresistible basils

Days to Maturity: 55 to 85 from direct sow

Great for distilling oil, drying, freezing, or using fresh!

What a heavenly scent! This trio brings you sweet, spicy Genovese; purple-blushed Corsican; and tangy lemon. Together they satisfy the basil lover's every craving! Pollinator magnets, they are compact enough for containers as well as the sunny garden

Basil is easy to grow. 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 18 to 24 inches apart in the garden, or individually in containers.

If you are direct-sowing outdoors, 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 12 to 15 inches apart when they are about 2 inches tall.

As your basil plants grow, pinch off the central stem when they 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 up to half a cup of fresh leaves every week during the growing season.

Basil loves hot weather and plenty of sunshine, but it needs consistently moist, rich soil. Mulch these 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.

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Genus Ocimum
Species basilicum
Variety 'Romanesco'
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Summer
Days to Maturity 85
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 2 ft 8 in
Plant Width 18 in - 24 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Cut-and-Come-Again, Edible, Fragrance, Herbs, Pest Fighter, Pruning Recommended
Foliage Color Dark Green
Harvest Season Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor

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