Basil, Spicy Globe (Ocimum basilicum) - 250 Seeds

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Spicy Globe Basil - 250 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-9 annual, 9-11 perennial

Ocimum basilicum ‘Spicy Globe’ is a member of the basil family that is usually grown as an annual herb. If you keep an indoor herb garden during winter, you may include this basil, as it is actually a perennial plant. As basil has many different varieties, Spicy Globe Basil is a dwarf hybrid and one of the smallest to grow in your herb garden. This sweet basil comes from India and other Asian regions. Spicy Globe Basil matures as a compact bush and makes an ideal patio plant. In Italian cuisine, this basil is used to add a peppery and citrus zest to sauces such as pesto, tomato or a vinaigrette. Often referred to as Greek Basil, or the “Good Basil” this hybrid herb thrives in a container and can be used as aromatherapy.

Growing Instructions:
Since Spicy Globe 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. Spicy Globe 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.

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