Minette Basil Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #00307-PK-P1
$3.95
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Description

Pretty enough to edge the garden, this mini basil is also delicious

Days to Maturity: 65 from direct sow

Minette is one of the most eye-catching basils you will ever see. It creates perfect 10-inch spheres of bright green that stay compact and uniform all season. Minette is ideal for edging, miniature knot gardens, or in containers. Pick the flavorful leaves and use fresh or dried in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables and soups. You can also use it in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.

This variety grows only 10 inches high and wide, creating a perfectly uniform sphere. The tiny medium green leaves are only ½-inch long. Small spikes of white flowers arise in summer; if you are growing Minette for culinary purposes, pinch off the buds. If it is an ornamental or guard plant in your garden, let the flowers open and the butterflies visit.

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.

Minette loves hot weather and plenty of sunshine, but it 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.

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Genus Ocimum
Species basilicum
Variety Minette
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Summer
Days to Maturity 65
Fruit Color Green
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 10 in
Plant Width 10 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Cut-and-Come-Again, Edible, Flower, Fragrance, Herbs, Pest Fighter, Pruning Recommended
Bloom Color White
Foliage Color Medium 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

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

July 11, 2019

1st time growing this

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

As usual with Park they have germinated and are growing. I look forward to see the rounded shape to go with my mums. Also hope it tastes great.

Donna from SC
August 05, 2018

Just as described!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

When I first started them and then planted in the ground after the last frost I thought they wouldn't do any thing. Just a single little stalk. But now they look just like the picture. Plant them in full sun and give them time. Look wonderful.

Vicki Riddles from OK
February 20, 2017

Great for basil lovers

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

The plant is neat & compact. Perfect for AeroGardens (which is where mine is currently growing this fine cold winter!). The leaves are "thick", about 1 to 1.5mm thick. I've never encountered leaves like this in a basil plant. I think I like Minette better than the Spicy Globe. Choosing a favorite basil can be so difficult but this is definitely up there with my favorite basils. Yes, I would recommend it to a friend & yes, I would buy it again.

MonCherie from IN
January 17, 2013

Quality products

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

they always have a quality product

from AL

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