Seed To Bloom:
65 days to harvest
Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Keep at 70-90°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Native to tropical regions and a sacred herb in India, basil has the delectable flavor and aroma of sweet anise. They grow best in warm weather in summer; mulch with hay to conserve water and keep pinching back the tips of the stems for branching growth and a good crop of leaves. Be sure to trim any flower spikes that develop late in the season to continue the harvest, or sow twice a season for fresh tender leaves all summer.
Keep moist—about 1" of water per week, more during particularly dry/hot spells, depending on the plant's location and sun-exposure.
Rake a few inches of compost into the soil prior to planting. Supplement with an all-purpose organic granular or liquid feed according to package instructions.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid fungal problems by placing in a location with good airflow, and do not over-water.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest mature leaves individually or on branches, being sure to leave enough plant behind for the plant to continue to flourish.