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Basil Summer Surprise Vegetable Seeds

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Stunning variety with deep purple leaves and probably the most attractive Red Basil yet and could easily be used in the ornamental garden.
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Stunning variety with deep purple leaves and probably the most attractive Red Basil yet and could easily be used in the ornamental garden.
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SKU WW-707
Country of Manufacture United Kingdom
Brand Plants of Distinction
Scientific name Ocimum basilicum
Common name Basil
Seeds/packet 300
Germination (days) 5-21
Sowing depth 1 cm
Plantavstånd 20 cm
Exposure Full Sun
Cultivation Advice Basil is one of the best known and most popular herbs in the UK and is a key ingredient in Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta and pesto.

Ideal for containers or a sunny windowsill, Basil is a tender, leafy, aromatic, sunshine loving herb. It will grow outside in the UK as long as it is sheltered from harsh winds and gets plenty of sunlight. That said, the mid-day sun can be too much for young basil plants so a little shade may be appreciated in during the hottest part of the day.

There are many varieties of Basil, Sweet basil is the most popular variety grown and eaten in the UK. Cinnamon basil is a compact variety that comes from Mexico and has a mild cinnamon flavour. Lemon basil, another compact variety is a great accompaniment to fish. Purple basil is similar to sweet basil, but has lusciously dark purple leaves.

Sow Basil seeds in spring on a moist potting compost in a 3 inch pot allowing about 5 seeds per pot. Lightly cover with compost and place in a bright and warm position avoiding direct sunlight. Germination usually takes 10 to 21 days. Keep moist watering from below. After about three weeks, prick out the smaller, weaker seedlings, leaving the three strongest plants in the pot.

Once the Basil seedlings have developed at least 5 true leaves, transplant them to their final growing positions. This could be a slightly larger pot, 4 or 5 inches in diameter, if your Basil is intended for a sunny windowsill or greenhouse bench, or could be outside in a warm, sunny position. Unfortunately, while protected from the elements, Basil grown indoors does not have quite as much flavour or fragrance as basil grown outside.

Once the Basil plant has reached a good size, ideally at least 10cm tall with plenty of leaves, pinch or cut the leaves off as required. Avoid chopping off whole stems as this will weaken the plant and hamper its growth. Remove any flowers that appear allowing the Basil to concentrate on growing tasty leaves.

Fresh basil is much tastier than dried basil. However Basil can be preserved by drying or freezing. To dry Basil cut the base of the stem and tie the stems in bunches. Hang upside down in a dark, warm, dry place until dry then simply crumble the leaves and stems into an airtight jar. Alternatively place a handful of leaves into a small bag, or ice cube tray and place in the freezer until required.
Skörd(x) Skördas efterhand.
Harvest July
Care Medium
KRAV marked No
Brand Plants of Distinction
Kort om odling Förkultiveras inomhus i såjord. Täck sådden med klar plast försedd med lufthål. Utplanteras efter avhärdning när frostrisken är över. Toppas för ett buskigare växtsätt. Utvecklas bäst på varmt, skyddat växtläge. Kan även krukodlas.
Height 30-40 cm
Storage Fröer förvaras torrt, mörkt och svalt.
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