Ocimum basilicum ‘Purpurascens’
1 per square foot
6 mm (¼”) deep
Bright light indoors. Good ventilation for seedlings. Herbs do best in a hot, sunny spot. In these conditions they’ll make the highest level of the aromatic oils that give them their taste and aroma. They also prefer well-drained alkaline soil, pH 6-8.
Seeds will sprout in 5-10 days
Aphids and slugs. Aphids can be washed off with a strong jet of water. Slugs can be removed by hand. Basil is generally quite resistant when outdoors.
You can grow basil indoors all year. Start indoors in April / May for transplant to garden in June when the soil is warm.
Pinch tips for bushier growth when plant reaches about 15 cm (6″).
An easy recipe that only takes a few minutes to prepare: