I am so pleased with my little Basil plants!
Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and temperature does not drop below 65°F. Basil can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Seeds usually germinate within 7 days of planting.
Seedlings need 6-8 hours of sunlight . Basil can be grown indoors on a nice sunny ledge or windowsill or outdoors in a sunny spot.
Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep plants from bolting. Basil prefers rich well-drained soil.
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