sowing
Indoor: Feb-Sep
Outdoor: May-Jun

grow time
Germination: 5-10 days
Matures: 50-75 days

sprout secrets
Basil doesn't tend to be that fussy. You'll want to sow on a windowsill that gets 6 hours of sun a day. Sow evenly across the soil and cover lightly with soil. Keep the soil watered and remove any cheeky weeds that may pop up. You can sow outdoors after the last frost has passed.

spacing
Sow: 20cm apart
Plant: 30cm apart

what they love
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Soil: Moist but well drained
Water: In the morning, every few days
Food: Feed every 4-6 weeks

companion plants
Asparagus, Chamomile, Peppers, Parsley, Chives, Coriander and Tomatoes

our tips
Basil grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It can tolerate part shade, but plants will not be as robust or bushy as those grown in full sun. Once established, basil will withstand dry conditions as long as it is watered regularly. In midsummer basil produces flowers that lead to woody stems and leaves with less-desirable flavour. Snip away flowering stems as soon as you spot them to promote new, tasty foliage.