Anise Basil (Ocimum basilicum) - 250 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-12
Growing up to 30 inches tall, this Thai basil variety has an amazing sweet licorice flavor that compliments fish and tomato dishes extremely well and is well used in Italian and Thai kitchens alike.
Since basil thrives in warm weather, it grows best when the soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date, sowing them thinly in flats and providing heat to speed germination. Transplant 15-18" apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds 1/4" deep in rich soil and full sun, thinning to 15-18" apart when the seedlings develop. For companion planting benefits, grow basil near tomatoes or peppers. Basil also grows well indoors or as a container plant. Basil thrives in soil that drains well, yet needs water often. If the weather drops below 50 degrees, provide protection. As the plant grows, pruning it helps it to develop into a bushy, healthy plant; pruning is also important because once the plant flowers, it will begin to wilt and die. To prune the plant, remove the top several sets of leaves on each stem, taking care to leave at least three sets of leaves on the lower part.
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches apart; thin seedlings 8 inches
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