Growing Calendar for Basil Seeds - Sweet Italian
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Say basil and we immediately think of summer escape and Mediterranean cuisine. And yet, they are so easy to sow and grow for yourself. Your plants last through the summer, unlike the supermarket equivalents you can buy but are not built to last, through unnatural growing conditions.
So enjoy this classic large-leaved, aromatic Italian herb which is excellent for fresh pesto! Use in salads especially with tomatoes, ideal in pasta sauces and goes really well with garlic.
Easy to grow in pots on the kitchen windowsill. We recommend you remove flowering shoots as your plants grow to increase the leafy stems which produce the coveted aromatic leaves.
Sow in seed trays with suitable seed compost and water seed trays by submerging in water baths rather than watering from above.
Superbly aromatic leaves are used in Mediterranean food.
Height: 18in (45cm)
Sow Indoors: All year round. 5-6 seeds around a clean 9cm pot of firm pre watered compost, cover with ¼in (½cm) of vermiculite or sieved compost. Place in warmth 15-20°C (60-70°F) and keep moist at all times.
Grow On: Plant pots of Basil outside when risk of frost has passed, 6in (15cm) apart.
Harvest: All Year Round. Protect plants from frost. Grows well on windowsills during winter.
First batch of seeds planted & germinated ok.
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Only just planted so cannot say yet
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Our products are all grown with the utmost care and to high standards of quality. We regularly check our nursery stock to determine exactly when they will be at the optimum time for despatch.
We despatch our fresh, nursery-grown live plants (including vegetables, trees and flowers) when they are at a stage of growth ready for you, the customer, to plant on at home.
The delivery period shown on your order confirmation indicates when you can expect to receive your order and we will endeavour to despatch your plants in this period within 7-14 days
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