Sweet Basil

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Sweet Basil is a large-leaved Italian type that is exactly what you need for making pesto. This is a vigorous plant with large green leaves that will produce all summer long–just be sure to continually pinch back the growing tips to encourage more bushiness!

  • The plant grows to 25cm (10")
  • Plant in full sun
  • Requires light, fertile & well draining soil, and warmth. Can be grown indoors year round.
  • Seeds should germinate in 5-10 days. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 21°C
  • Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost or direct sow 1cm (1/2") once the soil has warmed up
  • Zone 3-10
  • Pinch growing tips to encourage bushy growth, once the plants are at least 15cm (6") tall