Herb Growing Guide: Basil

Growing Basil Seedlings

Join the millions of herb gardeners who are growing basil this year. And, because there are so many types of basil to choose from, whatever your palate craves, there’s sure to be a basil cultivar to satisfy it. If you’re an adventurous gardener and cook, rotate different types through your garden each year and explore the rainbow of fresh, earthy flavors that this versatile annual herb offers. Favorite basil cultivars include sweet, Italian, Greek and purple.

Growing Basil

Sowing Guide

When to sow indoors 4 – 6 weeks before last frost
When to sow outdoors Spring to late summer (warm regions)
Seed depth 1/8″
Germination soil temperature 75° – 85°F
Germination length 7 – 10 days
When to transplant 5 – 7 weeks
Varieties Lemon (citrus flavored)Christmas (extra flavorful)Profumo (disease resistant)

Growing Guide

pH range 5.5 – 6.5
Soil temperature 75° – 85°F
Spacing 4″ – 8″
Watering Light and even
Light Full sun
Nutrient requirements N = lowP = lowK = low
Fertilizer schedule Usually not necessary
When to harvest Whenever leaves are large enough to use

Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing basil.

Image thanks to Ankit Solanki!

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