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Basil, Bush (A)
Basil, Bush (A)
Minimum 40 Basil Bush Seeds
Basil, Bush (A)£0.95
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Basil, Cinnamon (A)
Basil, Cinnamon (A)

Minimum 40 Cinnamon Basil Seeds
Basil, Cinnamon (A)£0.95
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Basil, Lemon (A)
Basil, Lemon (A)

Minimum 40 Lemon Basil Seeds
Basil, Lemon (A)£0.95
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Basil, Lettuce Leaf (A)
Basil, Lettuce Leaf (A)

Minimum 40 Lettuce Basil Seeds
Basil, Lettuce Leaf (A)£0.95
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Basil, Lime (A)
Basil, Lime (A)

Minimum 40 Lime Basil Seeds
Basil, Lime (A)£0.95
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Basil, Purple Ruffles (A)
Basil, Purple Ruffles (A)

Minimum 40 Ruffles Basil Seeds
Basil, Purple Ruffles (A)£0.95
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Basil, Sweet Genovese (A)
Basil, Sweet Genovese (A)

Minimum 40 Sweet Basil Seeds
Basil, Sweet Genovese (A)£0.95
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Basil, Thai (A)
Basil, Thai (A)

Minimum 40 Thai Basil Seeds
Basil, Thai (A)£0.95
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Basil is an annual, frost tender herb, grown for its aromatic leaves, and makes an excellent indoor herb for a sunny windowsill.  Sweet Genovese, with large, glossy green leaves, is probably the best known of all the basil varieties; lemon and lime, with their smaller, darker leaves, will add a gorgeous citrusy aroma and flavour to a variety of dishes and cinnamon basil does what it says on the tin.... it leaves (if you'll excuse the pun!) a wonderful warm spice aftertaste. Thai basil has attractive purple stems and flowers and lasts well when cooked, adding a slightly spicy, liquorice flavour, while large-leaved lettuce basil is most definitely best enjoyed raw and makes an excellent addition to a mixed leaf salad. Bush basil makes a complact plant with a bushy habit and our newest basil variety, purple ruffles, is definitely the most attractive, with gorgeous purple fringed leaves and beautiful spikes of pinky-purple flowers.
 

Sowing Instructions

Sow: your basil seeds indoors from March to June, 3 seeds per 5cm pot, and cover with a sprinkling of compost.  For best results, cover the pot with a clear plastic bag until germination occurs.  Transplant when the plant has developed at least 5 true leaves, but wait until all risk of frost has passed before moving outdoors.  Apart from fertile, well drained soil, basil needs shelter and sun so carefully select the site for plants being grown in beds.  Consider planting near a wall or fence for protection. Basil seeds can also be sown direct outdoors, in pots or soil, in June.  The ideal solution is probably to grow your basil on in a container, which you can then move about, indoors and out, depending on the weather!

Aftercare: Water well, in the morning if possible.

Harvest: from the time the plant has adequate foliage (from around 10cm in height) by pinching off leaves, rather than cutting whole stems.  Remove flower shoots as soon as they develop to ensure the plant puts all its energy into leaf production.

Usage

Basil is very versatile and is delicious in salads and when added to Italian dishes like pizza and pasta.  Sweet basil is also the main ingredient in pesto and lime basil adds a refreshing garnish to summer drinks. Try scattering cinnamon basil flowers over ice cream or sorbet for an extra-special dessert.

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