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How To Grow Basil From Seed

How To Grow Basil From Seed

What we're growing

Known as the “King of Herbs,” basil has enduring popularity around the world. In India, it is valued as a charm against evil, and in Greece it is used to scatter holy water in religious blessings. It takes centre stage in Italian cooking, where it forms the basis for popular dishes like pesto Genovese and Caprese salad. As its origins lie in some of the world’s sunnier countries, it’s no surprise that basil needs plenty of light and warmth to grow, and will do best if watered consistently.

Sow into the seed tray

  • The coir trays are large enough for 3 rows of 4 seeds (12 total), evenly spaced in a grid.
  • Sow 1 seed in the center of each grid space (seeds should be spaced at least 2-3cm apart).
  • Sow 0.5 cm deep and lightly cover with crumbled soil.
  • Ideally keep the tray between 18-29°C.
  • Gently water (don't water directly onto the seeds if possible).

Growing

  • Sun: place in a sunny spot with minimum 6 hours of sunlight
  • Sprouting: germination usually takes 10-21 days.
  • Thinning: When the sprouts are 2-3cm tall, it’s now time to “thin out”. Pinch out the smaller sprouts so the bigger ones have space to grow, so each sprout has 5cm of space to itself.
  • Transplanting: See "How To Transplant".

Harvesting

  • As soon as the plant is about 15cm-20cm tall, cut stems 1/2 cm below a "node" (where the leaves sprout from).
  • The more you harvest, the more it will grow!

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