5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

Persian

Basil
5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

$3.00


The Persian Basil produces beautifully large and amazingly delicious bright green leaves that will enhance just about any dish! You will love having this beauty grow in your garden and so will pollinators as it is also a very attractive ornamental plant. Enjoy the zesty Persian Basil in any soup, pasta or salad. This variety is a prolific producer.

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Learning Download: How to Grow Basil

Herbs grow quickly and are easy to grow in pots on a porch if there is limited garden space. Basil comes in many different options with flavors from sweet to spicy.

Before Planting: Basil grows best in warm weather, and basil seeds should be planted after all dangers of frost have passed.

Planting: Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep and 12 inches apart. Seeds can be started indoors to get a head start on growing the herb. Plant indoors six weeks before the last frost date and place in a sunny windowsill. Plant in moist soil that is well-drained. If planting in a container, use a larger pot to prevent plants from drying out in the summer heat.

Watering: Water Basil frequently during dry periods.

Fertilizer: Upon planting, add organic nutrients to the soil such as compost, blood meal or cottonseed meal. Feed with liquid plant food every few weeks to encourage growth, but be sure to not use fertilizers that leave a harmful residue since you will be consuming the leaves.

Days to Maturity: Basil leaves can begin to be harvested once the plant is 6 to 8 inches tall, typically 60 to 90 days after planting the seeds.

Harvesting: Picking leaves regularly encourages more growth. Harvest the leaves by pinching them off of the stem, and always harvest from the top of the plant. Basil can be frozen to preserve its flavor, used fresh or dried.

Tips: The biggest threat to a basil plant is root rot from poor drainage, so ensure the planting site has adequate drainage. Also, watch out for pests such as aphids, slugs or Japanese beetles.

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  1. PRINCESSRIDICULOUS

    5 out of 5 My favorite!

    (verified owner)

    I bought some earlier in the year and sprinkled a bunch in my raised bed. It took a while and a bit of fertilizer to get them past the 4 leaf size, but they’ve started shooting up very quickly and smell wonderful. The smaller ones don’t smell like much, but after about six or seven inches tall they really start developing their aromatic qualities. I didn’t really do any counting, but it looks like the majority germinated and are taking off solidly. They have more purple on the end leaves than the picture looks. I feel guilty harvesting any at their current size, as they’re more leggy than leafy right now, but I grew some last year from a local greenhouse, and it was really amazing. Not really sure how to describe the flavor, other than strongly savory, with a hint of sweetness to balance out, and… full-bodied? It doesn’t really have a flavor like any of the popular varieties to compare, so my rating is pretty much “get in my mouth.”

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