Neat, compact and richly aromatic, our miniature basil is imported from Italy where you’ll see it often in window boxes and containers or edging herb beds. The charming 8 to 10 inch plants grow into rounded, umbrella shapes with tiny bright green leaves just 1/2 inch long. Snip small clusters of the deliciously scented leaves to enjoy in everyday cooking. These sweetly fragrant little basil plants hold longer than their bigger cousins and are beautifully ornamental in the garden.
Seed Count: Approx. 600 / Weight: 1 gm
Planting Instructions: To plant directly into the garden, when late spring weather has thoroughly warmed up, sow seeds 1 inch apart in well worked fertile soil in full sun. Cover 1/4 inch deep, firm soil and keep seedbed moist. Germination takes 1 to 2 weeks. After seedlings are well established, thin or transplant 8 inches apart to allow plants room to mature.
To start early indoors, Sow seeds 1 inch apart 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 warm, acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions before planting in the garden 6 to 8 inches apart.
Remember — it is critical to plant basil in the garden only after late spring day and nighttime temperatures stay above 50°F (10°C). Harvest sprays of little leaves after plants have filled out to form neat umbrella shapes. Plants make a richly scented edging for flower or herb beds, or plant in pots at least 6 inches in diameter per plant. Keep flower buds pinched off to extend harvesting and feed regularly to promote new growth.