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Basil, Anise

 
  Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum
Common Name:  Anise Basil
Other Common Names:  Licorice Basil, Ocimum basilicum 'Anise', Persian Basil
Plant Type: Annual
Where To Plant: Full Sun to Partly Shady
Soil Types: Average
Zones (See US Zone map): 4-11
Germination: Easy
Number of Seeds Per Pack: 100
Uses: Culinary
Notes: Good for tea and cooking.

O. BASILICUM. Lanky growing basil with a sweet licorice flavor. It grows to 30 inches and has pinkish whorls of flowers. It is one of the culinary basils often used as a flavoring in desserts. 

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GROWING YOUR OWN BASIL
Basic Information on Basil 


Grow your own basil plants using Sand Mountain Herb's basil seed. With lots of variety, you are sure to find the right basil plant seed to grow for your herb garden!   Culinarily, whether making basil pesto, tomato basil soup, or simply adding it to your favorite meat, growing basil is sure to please you and your family with the rich flavorful taste that only fresh basil can bring! First of all, you need to decide what kind of Basil you want to grow.  There are lots to choose from from the Anise Basil of this webpage to others like Sweet Basil,
Cinnamon Basil, Lemon Basil, Lime Basil, Mammoth Basil, Sacred Green Basil, Sacred Purple Basil.

Growing basil seed
 

Basil is very easy to grow and really enjoys the summer heat.  The basil seeds should sprout readily.   Many people start the seed indoors in a seed starter kit 6-8 weeks prior to growing season, which is fine, but do not let the soil stay too wet, just moist, so that the basil seedlings will not dampen off. Propagation is easiest by sowing seeds directly into the ground where they are to be grown after danger of spring frosts. Sow evenly, covering with 1/4" of soil and keep moist and free of weeds. Germination generally begins 5-7 days. Once basil seedlings have developed 2-3 pairs of leaves, they should be thinned or transplanted to stand 6"-12" apart.  Basil requires a sunny location receiving at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. It is a good idea to keep in average soil that is soil well drained soil conditions with average PH

Cultivating Basil Plants
 

A 2"-3" mulch consisting of grass clippings, straw or ground up leaves will be beneficial in retaining soil moisture and minimizing weeds around the plants during the growing season.

Depending on the amount of regular rainfall, water deeply once every 7-10 days to insure the roots are receiving adequate moisture. Plants grown in containers will dry out faster than those in garden beds and therefore will have to be watered more frequently. Choose container with holes in the bottom for proper drainage.

Fertilize sparingly, using a 5-10-5 commercial fertilizer once or twice during the growing season at the rate of 3 oz. per every 10 ft. of row. Use a liquid fertilizer at one half the label recommended strength every 4-6 weeks or so for indoor plants and every 3-4 weeks for basil grown outside in containers.
 

Harvesting Basil & Other Basil Benefits
 

Begin harvesting at any time by snipping the fresh young leaves as they are needed. If whole stems are being harvested, cut just above a pair of leaves. New growth will be encouraged at that point and should be seen within a week's time. From a culinary use perspective, it is important to prune the plant periodically through the growing season to maintain succulent and productive growth. Otherwise, if basil is left alone to flower and form seed, it will become woody and harvest yields will be considerably less. However, some of the flowers do have ornamental value, such as Sacred Purple Basil & have bee attracting qualities.

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