Growing Tips: Sow seeds about 1/4-inch deep in warm, moist, well drained soil. (Raised beds and pots work well as they allow for better drainage.) If planting indoors keep temperatures above 70° F; only plant seeds (or transplant seedlings) outdoors after nighttime temperatures will stay above 50° F. Make sure to give the plants plenty of sunlight as soon as seedlings appear. In hot, dry weather, container plants may need to be watered daily. Use mulch to help keep the ground moist.
For the best flavor harvest basil by pinching the stem just above a set of leaves, and use right away.
For drying or freezing cut whole stems, on a dry morning, and then hang loosely or freeze on a cookie sheet. Leaves have maximum oil content just before they flower.
Wit & Wisdom: Basil has a lovely fragrance. Pick from the stems and put in water for a few days as you would with cut flowers! Read The Old Farmer's Almanac Basil Growing Guide!
The Old Farmer's Almanac Organic Basil Seeds (Italian Large Leaf)
|Country of Origin||Chili|
|Seed Type||Organic, Non-GMO, Heirloom|
|Hardiness Zone||USDA 4-10|
|Seed Count||Approximately 500 Seeds|
|When to Plant||Spring (Indoors)|
|Packed for Year||2021|
|Scientific (Latin) Name||Ocimum Basilicum|
|Planting Depth||1/4 Inch|
|Time to Germination||7-14 Days|
|Time to Maturity / Harvest||70-80 Days|
|Plant Height||12-24 Inches|
|Plant Spread||12-18 Inches|