Basil Italian

£3

Obsessed with pesto? Known for your bruschetta brilliance? Maybe it's time to plant a basil plant or two to keep people on their toes. One taste and you are brought back to that trip to the Mediterranean and will be opening your own Italian restaurant before you know it.

BOTANICAL NAME
Ocimum basilicum

NICKNAME
Albahaca, Basilic, Basilic Commun, Basilic Grand, Basilic Grand Vert, Basilic Romain, Basilic aux Sauces, Basilici Herba, Basilici Herba, Common Basil, Garden Basil, Krishna Tulsi, Munjariki, Ocimum basilicum, St. Josephwort, Surasa, Sweet Basil, Vanatulasi, Varvara, Visva Tulsi.

QUANTITY
750 seeds

PLANT SIZE
Height: 90cm
Width: 60cm
In containers will be smaller

CONTAINER SIZE
20cm deep

SOWING
Indoor: Feb-Sep
Outdoor: May-Jun

GROW TIME
Germination: 5-10 days
Matures: 50-75 days

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.

BRINGS TO YOUR GARDEN
Easy to grow
Happy in containers
Grow on your windowsill
Tasty foliage

HARVESTING
Start snipping as soon as plants unfurl at least four sets of leaves. Pick only as many individual leaves as you'll use. To store fresh basil for up to five days, clip sprigs and treat them like fresh cut flowers: place them in water at room temperature. 

MAKES FOR GREAT..
Top a pizza with whole leaves, blitz to make into a fresh pesto, or puree into soups. Add to your avo on toast or try it in ice cream!

HEALTH BENEFITS
Basil is one of the oldest herbs known to mankind and its healing properties have been treasured knowledge.Great for digestion, is a strong anti-inflammatory. Basil helps cleanse your skin from within and has been known to help depression and anxiety.

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