• Eventual height: 0.3m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

basil 'Sweet'

basil 'Sweet' or Ocimum basilicum 'Presto Genovese'

approx 750 seeds £2.49
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  • Seed Packets (only) £2.95
  • Named Day £10.95
  • Position: Full sun, sheltered and warm or a sunny windowsill
  • Soil: Fertile, moist but well drained
  • Rate of growth: Average
  • Hardiness: Tender (will need winter protection)

  • This sweet basil can be used to make Presto Genovese. No Italian cooking is complete without the aromatic flavour of basil, a tender leafy herb with fat, glossy green leaves. Grow in a container in a sunny spot on the patio or indoors on a bright windowsill and keep well-watered for a plentiful supply. Chop finely over tomatoes or blend with olive oil for the best pesto ever.

  • Garden care: Pick plants over regularly and remove any developing flowerheads immediately to prevent bolting (running to seed) and to encourage lots of fresh young leaves.

  • Sowing instructions:
    Sow seeds into pots of free-draining seed compost on a warm, sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse from late spring. Protect seedlings from slugs and cold and keep well-watered as they grow. Plant out into the herb garden or into roomy pots or troughs from early summer, after all threat of frost has passed, allowing 15-20cm between plants.

  • Sow: April to June

  • Harvest: July onwards

  • Approximate quantity: 750 seeds
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