Basil

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Basil Culture
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Grows best in well-drained rich soil. Sensitive to frost. Direct sow after all danger of frost, or start indoors 4 weeks before last frost. Lightly cover seed (no more than two times the depth of the seed).
Medicinal: Basil has been used as a carminative. Research indicates that it may inhibit gastric acid secretion.
Spacing: In flats space seeds ½” apart. Thin to 2” apart and transplant in 3-4 weeks. Direct sow 3-4 seeds every 12”. Thin to one plant when plants have 4 leaves.
Germination: 5-14 days at 70-75o F. Harvest starts about 10 weeks after sowing. Basil is a pick-and-come-again herb which produces well when you pick a few leaves from a number of plants.

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Anise-Scented Basil 0.25 g

Anise-Scented Basil 0.25 g

For a different taste try this rare basil with anise fragrance and flavor. Use for salads, sauces, and herb vinegars. Pkt (0.25 g, 141 seeds)
$2.10

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Bolloso Napoletano Basil 0.15 g

Bolloso Napoletano Basil 0.15 g

This variety comes from Naples and is highly prized for its strong flavor. Giant rumpled 6 in. leaves are great for pesto, though the thick leaves are harder to dry than most. Vigorous 3 ft. plants are pest-resistant and slow to flower. Pkt (0.15 g, 180 seeds)
$2.50

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Cinnamon Basil 0.25 g

Cinnamon Basil 0.25 g

Has a spicy cinnamon fragrance. Use as a tea or potpourri. Pkt (0.25 g, 88 seeds)
$2.25

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Dark Opal Basil 0.15 g

Dark Opal Basil 0.15 g

(var. purpureum) [1962, AAS winner] Ornamental dark purple basil used like common basil for seasoning. May have a few green leaves. Beautiful in salads. Pkt (0.15 g, 111 seeds)
$2.50

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Eritrean Basil 0.12 g

Eritrean Basil 0.12 g

(O. gratissimum) [Family heirloom from an Eritrean exchange student. Introduced by SESE 2008.] Compact plant with beautiful, purple-tinged green foliage, stunning in flower. It has a strongly attractive and spicy odor, and is much used in African cuisine. Pkt (0.12 g, 116 seeds)
$2.50

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Holy Basil (Tulsi) 0.12 g

Holy Basil (Tulsi) 0.12 g

(O. sanctum) Spicy scent of clove, lemon, and cinnamon. Grown outside holy sanctuaries in India. Traditionally used in ceremonies, in food, and for tea. The tea is said to have many health benefits. Self-sows readily. Pkt (0.12 g, 211 seeds)

Culture: Annual. Germination: 70°F,...
$2.50

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Lemon Basil 0.12 g

Lemon Basil 0.12 g

(O. citriodora) Deep lemon fragrance. Use for fish dishes, herb vinegars, and tea. Pkt (0.12 g, 89 seeds)
$2.25

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Lemon Basil, Mrs. Burns 0.12 g

Lemon Basil, Mrs. Burns 0.12 g

(O. citriodora) [New Mexico heirloom] Larger leaves (2½ in.) and stronger flavor make this the preferred lemon basil variety for chefs. Pkt (0.12 g, 80 seeds)
$2.50

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Lettuce Leaf Basil 0.25 g

Lettuce Leaf Basil 0.25 g

(var. crispum) 85 days. The most productive of the basils, this large Italian variety is excellent for pesto and basil in oil. Pkt (0.25 g, 158 seeds)
$2.10

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Lime Basil 0.12 g

Lime Basil 0.12 g

(O. americanum) Similar to Lemon Basil but with darker green leaves and a lime fragrance. Accent for soups, salads, and fish. Pkt (0.12 g, 85 seeds)
$2.50

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Mammoth Basil 0.12 g

Mammoth Basil 0.12 g

Huge, wide, shiny green leaves, twice as large as other Italian basils. A few leaves make a harvest. Add it to salads or to make a fine-flavored pesto. Pkt (0.12 g, 101 seeds)
$2.50

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Purple Ruffles Basil 0.15 g

Purple Ruffles Basil 0.15 g

(var. purpurascens) [1987, AAS winner] Very attractive in salads or vinegars. Use like common basil for seasoning. Pkt (0.15 g, 104 seeds)
$2.10

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Red Rubin Basil 0.12 g

Red Rubin Basil 0.12 g

A purple version of Italian Large Leaf basil. Leaves are larger and more uniformly colored than Dark Opal basil. Sweet aroma and flavor. Pkt (0.12 g, 93 seeds)
$2.50

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Spicy Bush Basil 0.15 g

Spicy Bush Basil 0.15 g

(var. minimum) Very aromatic miniature (8-12 in.) bush basil. One of the prettiest basils with small shiny leaves on highly branched stems. Pkt (0.15 g, 127 seeds)
$2.10

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Sweet Genovese Basil 0.45 g

Sweet Genovese Basil 0.45 g

85 days. A select large-leaf strain. Use fresh or dried for flavoring sauces, soups, dressings, and pesto. Our most popular basil. Pkt (0.45 g, 254 seeds)
$2.25

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Sweet Genovese Basil 7g

Sweet Genovese Basil 7g

85 days. A select large-leaf strain. Use fresh or dried for flavoring sauces, soups, dressings, and pesto. Our most popular basil. (7 g)
$5.50

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Sweet Thai Basil 0.18g

Sweet Thai Basil 0.18g

Spicy flavor reminiscent of anise and cloves goes well in curries and many other Asian dishes. Purple stems and flowers contrast attractively with the 2 in. green leaves. 12-18 in. plants. Pkt (0.18 g, 102 seeds)
$2.50

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