These are my top favourite Basil varieties from my ‘Patio Pot’ trial last Summer available for the first time as a ‘mix’ so you only need to buy ‘one’ packet of seeds!
I add a scattering of these sweet aromatic leaves to make flavoursome summer salads!
The plants also make handsome patio containers and as the seeds emerge either ‘Red’ or ‘Green’ you can easily distinguish between the two and choose to grow them on separately or together! Your choice!
Basil thrives in hot dry conditions, its native to central Africa to Southeast Asia so grow as close to those conditions as you can manage. Against a sun baked wall or sheltered spot in full sun or make use of your empty greenhouse (or Zippy) especially as we slide into the cooler evenings, a little protection will extend your Basil season.
How to grow:
Frost tender. Sow in Spring in individual cells on the surface of the seed compost covering only lightly with compost or vermiculite and place somewhere warm for germination (21°C is ideal). Be carful not to over water Basil, it can suffer with powdery mildew if too wet. My advice is to sow small amounts every 4 weeks in case of over watering accidents – you will soon be growing like a pro! For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Ocimum basilicum
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Pinching: Pinch to encourage branching and more usable stems
Germination: Up to 30 days
Height: 35-40 cm
Harvest: June onwards
Seeds per packet: 300
Cutting /Vase Life:
Harvest basil leaves regularly when required to promote new growth. Pinch out any flowers as soon as they appear to prolong lush leaves – however I find the flowers so pretty that I do let a few of my pots bloom and I find the leaves are still delicious if a little smaller.