Basil Seeds (Sweet Italiano Classico)
Basil Seeds Sowing instructions:
Basil is one of the most popular plants to grow at home. This compact herb can grow from seed to harvest on a windowsill indoors, making it ideal for any urban GIYer. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love some fresh basil to add to a summer tomato dish or some homemade pesto – the smell alone can brighten up any kitchen.
June to October
- Sow seeds anytime from April to June.
- Sow one seed in a module tray or small pot.
- Basil likes a Mediterranean climate, so either grow it indoors in a pot, in a glasshouse or a polytunnel, or on a sunny windowsill.
- Basil will germinate in about two weeks.
- Transplant into a larger pot or the ground when it is about 7–10cm high.
- If planting in the garden, allow 30cm between plants.
- If growing indoors, fertilise compost once a month with a liquid feed.
- Basil plants can be killed by frost, so don’t put outside until June.
- Make sure to water often in hot weather.
- Start picking the leaves of basil as soon as the plants are around 25cm high.
- Cut off the growing tip of the plant with a scissors. This encourages the plant to get bushy rather than tall and straggly.
- Keep harvesting by cutting off the tips above a node (where the leaves join the stem), so new shoots will grow out of the node.
- For best results harvest in the early morning, when leaves are at their juiciest.
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