Preferred Situation: Full sun; well draining humus rich soil; warm sites
Harvest Date: Sunday 02 September, 2012
Seed count: 250-300
An improved 'Sweet Basil' with a strong aroma with a hint of anise. Strong plants can be either grown in pots or straight in the garden. Companion plant with tomatoes as they need pretty much the same growing conditions. Basil (all types) are intolerant of wet cold soils and overly shaded locations. They love heat and good draining soils. Temps below 10 C (50F) cause basil to stop growing. Happy plants grow quickly and you're able to harvest leaves all season long. Minced with olive oil (preferrably extra virgin) it can be frozen (no air in resealable baggies) for winter use. Bushy plants reach 45 cm tall or so.
Germination WILL NOT happen at temps less than 10C. Use a well draining humus rich soil/medium. Optimum germination temp 15C. Sow, mist well. Keep moist and warm. A clear plastic cover will improve success. Transplant at 4 true leaf stage into individual pots and grow on. Can be directly sowed, but do so only after you're safe from any frost.