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Basil — Emily Organic

Emily Organic basil seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Emily is a fantastic new dwarf basil, a compact Genovese variety that works particularly well in containers. This basil was bred to have shorter stem lengths between nodes, and only reaches a maximum height of 30cm (12"). Emily has a longer shelf life after harvest than most basil varieties, and keeps longer in refrigeration, maintaining its fresh aroma. Emily Organic is a superb choice for farms, market growers, or the home gardener. Try some of this petite but potent gourmet basil in your home patio herb garden. Pinching out the growing tips from time to time keeps this unique basil very bushy and compact.

Annual

Quick Facts:

    • Compact growth
    • Certified organic
    • Rich fragrance
    • Works in containers

Size: 0.5g (approx. 280 seeds)

How To Grow: Basil is a very easy crop to grow from seed for summer harvests. Basil seeds germinate slowly, a bit faster when heated from below, and basil enjoys hot weather and full sun. Each variety has its own charms, but Sweet Basil and Genovese are the standard bearers. Continue reading below for our top tips on how to grow basil from seed.

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun

Timing
Basil grows well in containers indoors at any time of year provided you can supply enough light. For outdoor growing, sow basil seeds throughout late spring for transplanting to the garden after the summer solstice. Or direct sow in early summer, once the soil has warmed up. Basil requires warm soil and full sun. Optimal temperature for germination: 21°C (70°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days.

Starting
Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep in sterilized seed starting mix. Basil is prone to damping off, so once seeds sprout, make sure they are adequately ventilated, and kept under very bright light. Thin to 20-25cm (8-10″) apart. Using bottom heat speeds germination.


Growing
Use any rich, loose, well drained soil. Once plants are 15cm (6″) tall, pinch out the growing tips to encourage really bushy growth prior to harvest. Watch for signs of flower buds forming in mid-summer, and pinch these off to promote more foliage.

Harvest
Frequent harvesting will prolong the life of the plant. Basil leaves have the best flavour just before the plant flowers, and if you plan to preserve some of your basil or make a big batch of pesto, this is the best time to harvest. Flowering can be delayed by pinching or clipping off new flower buds.

Tear basil rather than chop with a knife because chopping tends to bruise the leaves. Add basil to food just before serving so as to get the full aroma and effect. Cooking for any length tends to make the minty side of basil come to the forefront.

Basil is best fresh, but can be preserved by drying or by freezing. To freeze, tear the leaves into small pieces and freeze small batches of them, with water, in ice cube trays. Once frozen, the cubes can be saved in zip-lock type bags and labeled for later use. This will preserve the fresh flavour of basil for up to four months.

Seed Info
Usual seed life: 3 years.

Rating: 5.0 Stars based on 4 reviews from westcoastseeds.com

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