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Basil Classic Italian

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Classic Italian Basil (Basil Genovese) is a traditional variety, boasting a unique clove-like taste. Its arrowhead-shaped, smooth green leaves offer a tasty addition to tomato-based salads, soups and sauces.

A short-lived annual that is sensitive to frost, basil does well in pots. It can be sown any time from late spring to summer in a tunnel, greenhouse, conservatory or on a sunny windowsill.

Seed Quantity 500 Seeds

Type Edible Herb

Genus Ocimum basillicum

Sow Seeds Sow seeds 0.5cm deep into small trays of seed compost, and cover them with a sprinkling of seed compost/vermiculite.  Keep at a temperature of 15-25℃.  Alternatively, sow outside from late May to early July.  Prick out seedlings into individual pots when large enough.  Do not overwater. Basil hates sitting in wet compost

 Plant Out When all risk of frost has passed. Basil does not like wet soil. 

Flowers All Year Round

Height & Spread 20cm high x 20cm spread

    Classic Italian basil plant arranged on a table amidst kitchenware
    Fresh Italian basil leaves in close-up view
    Ingredients including basil, garlic, and onion prepped on a wooden board
    Sliced oranges garnished with Italian basil leaves on a chopping board
    Components laid out for preparing traditional basil pesto
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