Sweet Basil Herb

Basil HerbSweet Basil has a warm clover-like flavor as well as fragrance, and can be used to season tomato dishes, soups or stews, spaghetti, fish, poultry or even salads. This popular, easy to grow annual makes an attractive bushy plant that can be grown both indoors or out.  It is not recommended that you water Basil from above.  Water on the leaves can damage them so it is best that you water the base of the plant or use drip irrigation.  Basil likes moist, not wet, soil. You may begin harvesting Basil leaves when your plant is about 12” tall and there are at least 2 or more sets of leaves.  Give the plant a week or more to recover before heavily harvesting again.  If flowers appear simply pinch them to keep the plant producing tasty leaves.

Size: #4

Spacing: Plant 10” to 12” apart.

Height: Grows 18” to 24” tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features: Sweet Basil leaves can be frozen without losing their flavor.

Tips: Delay flowering by pinching or clipping off the new blooms. Basil’s flavor is strongest before flowering.

Uses: Culinary Herb, Garden Bed, Containers

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