Organic Basil Sweet Genovese
Sweet Basil: Ocimum basilicum
- An essential windowsill herb
- Bright and pungent flavour, a staple of Italian cuisine.
- Sow all year round (indoors), June onwards (outdoors)
- Harvest: All year round
Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum is a herbaceous member of the mint family. The genus name ‘basil’ is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means 'royal,' reflecting that ancient culture's attitudes towards this regal herb.
Sweet basil is bright and pungent and the best variety for Italian pesto and tastes fantastic with fresh tomatoes (home grown of course). Basil will grow happily on a sunny windowsill and also outside in a sunny, sheltered spot.
Sow: All year round indoors at temperature of 22-24°C and direct sow from June onwards outdoors. When 6cm tall transplant into 8cm pots. For windowsill herbs pot on once more into a 12cm pot otherwise transplant into the growing site. Succession sow to have a constant supply and pinch out flowering stems to encourage leaf production.
Grow: Prefers a sunny sheltered spot with well draining, neutral fertile soil. Keep moist but don't overwater and avoid watering overnight or watering foliage. Pinch out growing tip 2 weeks after final transplant to encourage bushy basil plants.
Harvest: All Year Round