How to grow Basil

How to grow Basil


Basil is an incredibly versatile herb. Not only does it  add flavor to your dishes, but it can also be incorporated into your floral arrangements.  It's easy to grow, and its aromatic foliage will make any bouquet unique and special, transforming your summer and fall arrangements.

Basil is very sensitive to cold; wait until the weather has warmed to plant out.


Plant type: annual

Height: 20-24”

Site: full sun

Days to maturity: 75-85 days

Plant spacing: 9-12”

Pinch: when 8” tall 

Approx seeds per packet: 100

How to grow:

Direct seed: Sow in spring when the soil has warmed after the last frost (around the same time you’d be planting tomatoes). Sow 2-3 seeds per inch ¼” deep and press the soil over the seeds as they have a tendency to work their way upward out of the soil. Seeds will germinate in 5-10 days.

Transplant: sow indoors 6 weeks before setting out. Seedlings are ready for transplant when they have 3-4 sets of leaves.   

Germination: 5-10 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C)

Where to plant: Plant into rich, moist soil in full sun. Make sure to water throughout the growing season.

Harvesting/Vase Life:

For Bouquets: Harvest when stems begin to toughen and firm or as soon as flowers begin to form. Harvest during the coolest part of the day as the foliage is prone to wilting.  Place directly into water and do not store below 50F. Stems will last 7-10 days and can grow roots in the vase.

If you are harvesting basil for your kitchen harvest before the plant flowers.

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