Basil is an essential herb, especially if you're growing tomatoes. Plants are well suited to growing in either beds or pots and containers. Our range of basil seeds cover all taste buds from the traditional flavours offered by Basil Aroma and Pesto. However, it’s worth exploring your taste buds and trying something a little different such as Bail Thai which has an unusual mild, spicy aniseed flavour – ideal for Asian cuisine.
How to Sow and Grow Basil
Most basil varieties can be sown indoors, all year round in pots or trays of compost at warm temperature of 15-20°C(60-68°F). Simply fill the pot or tray with good compost and water little and often. Plants can then be grown on a bright windowsill and leaves harvested all year round. Repeat sow for continuous crops of fresh leaves. For summer crops, sow from late February to midsummer, gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out 20cm(8in) apart. When harvesting pick a few leaves from each plant, so they regrow quickly. Leaves are best picked just before use. For maximum flavour herb leaves should be added to cooked dishes at the last minute.