From our best Italian breeder, fast growing, deliciously fragrant Cameo has closely packed, luscious big leaves combined with a perfect compact habit. Cameo was bred by crossing superior Italian Genovese basil for classic rich flavor with a traditional dwarf basil. Leafy little pots of Cameo are sold throughout Italy at greengrocers and farmers markets for cooks to take home and snip as needed. Enjoy in containers, window boxes or garden beds and borders. Pot up a few extra plants for unique gifts.
Seed Count: Approx. 250-270 / Weight: 0.3 gms
To plant directly into the garden: Cameo seeds are coated with a natural clay material to make them easy to sow. When late spring weather has warmed up to the 50°F (10°C) range both day and night, sow seeds 1 inch apart in well worked, fertile soil or containers of fresh potting mix in full sun. Cover 1/4 inch deep, firm soil and keep the seed bed evenly moist. After seedlings are large enough to handle, thin or transplant 6 inches apart. For containers, transplant one seedling per 6 inch pot or 3 seedlings into a 12 inch pot
To start indoors, Sow 1 inch apart and 1/4 inch deep in a container of seed starting mix, 4 to 6 weeks before last expected frost. Keep warm and evenly moist and provide a good light source. When seedlings are large enough to handle and weather is above 50°F (10°C) both day and night, transplant outdoors. For containers, transplant one seedling per 6 inch pot or 3 seedlings into a 12 inch pot. Or plant along a garden border for a fragrant edging
Remember to plant basil outdoors only after nighttime temperatures stay above 50°F (10°C). In hot, dry weather, check and water plants in containers daily. Feed every 2 weeks to promote growth.
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