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.
|When to sow indoors||4 – 6 weeks before last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||Spring to late summer (warm regions)|
|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)|
|pH range||5.5 – 6.5|
|Soil temperature||75° – 85°F|
|Spacing||4″ – 8″|
|Watering||Light and even|
|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.
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