Sweet basil is the traditional basil used to make pesto. And its warm, spicy flavor jazzes up salads and brings out the flavor of fresh tomatoes. To preserve this star of summer, basil can be dried, frozen or packed in olive oil.
Plants seeds when nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Or start seeds indoors 4 to 5 weeks earlier and transplant to the garden after danger of frost has passed. Firm soil gently over the row and keep moist.
When plants are 6 inches tall, pinch back to three sets of leaves to encourage branching. Pinch off flower buds when they form. Keep well-watered. HARVESTING For peak flavor, pick leaves when fully enlarged. Fertilize after a heavy harvest to encourage regrowth.
Height: 20 to 28 Inches
Days to Harvest: 75 - 75 Days
Days to Sprout: 7 To 7 Days
Planting Depth: 0.125 - 0.125 Inches
Plant Spacing: 1 - 2 Inches
Spacing After Thinning: 10 - 12 Inches