Sweet Basil Seeds
Sweet Basil Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 70-100 seeds)
Sweet Basil, Basil
India, and other parts of Asia.
Perennial in zones 10-11. Grown as an annual in zones 2-9 or overwintered indoors.
Grows to from 1ft to 1.5ft tall and wide.
Full sun, well-drained fertile soil.
Basil grows easily from seed. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Basil seeds need warmth to germinate, ideally around 21C. This can easily be achieved on a sunny window sill inside the house or with bottom heat in an outdoor cold-frame or greenhouse. On Southern Vancouver Island where our farm is located, we wait until mid-April or May before starting basil seeds.
Basil can also be started year round indoors, especially if you have a sunny window or full spectrum lights. It does great in containers, just make sure to add a bit of compost, seasoil, or other nutrient rich amendment into your potting mix.
Once germinated, encourage strong seedlings by giving them adequate sun and even moisture. Do not over water, basil seedlings are very susceptible to damping off. 'Damping off' is when the plants rot at the base of the stem and die. This is due to overly moist conditions that cause fungal and bacterial growth on the surface of the soil. It can be prevented by letting the soil surface dry out briefly between waterings once the seedlings are up.
Basil is needier than many other herbs, but its needs are simple, and if you put the time in, the rewards are worth it! Basil needs a sheltered spot in full sun, adequate moisture, fertile soil and a bit of food now and then. The greenhouse is the idea spot for your basil plants, just make sure you water them frequently to prevent them from flowering prematurely. To help produce a bountiful crop of leaves, we like to fertilize our basil plants once every week or two for the first couple of months. We use a mixture of liquid kelp concentrate and fish emulsion.
Harvesting can be done by harvesting the aerial parts once the plants are mature. The growing tips can be 'pinched back' to a leaf axis below. To encourage new growth and prevent flowering, pinch back the terminal leaves that include a flower bud.
To pesto and beyond...
Basil is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is also known to enhance circulatory and respiratory function. By helping to stabilize blood sugar, basil can reduce cravings for sweets.
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Kitchen Garden, Container Garden.