Sweet Basil
Make margherita pizza with tomato, mozzarella, and whole Sweet basil leaves.

Sweet Basil

(Ocimum basilicum)
  • Type: warm season annual
  • Planting time: after last spring frost
  • Features: large, aromatic leaves
  • Light: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well drained but moist
  • Spacing: 18 inches
  • Plant size: 24 to 30 inches tall, 18 inches wide
  • Garden use: containers, herb beds, flower beds
  • Culinary use: Asian and Italian dishes

This herb is known around the world for its wonderful fragrance and flavor. The key ingredient in classic Italian pesto, Sweet Basil has big leaves that are fast and easy to grow so that you can make your own pesto to freeze for year-round use. It loves hot weather, so always wait until all danger of frost is past before planting in the garden in the spring, then harvest before the weather starts to cool down in fall. Great for containers, but be sure to keep watered. If you were to grow only one herb, this should probably be it. Dried basil just doesn’t have the aromatic quality of the fresh leaves, which are often added at the last minute to many Asian dishes.

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Sweet Basil is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great plant; doesn't grow as advertised. I snagged a basil plant off a cutting from a Bonnie plant i bought as a gift for a friend. Once it rooted, I set it outside as per the suggestions that this plant loves heat and full sun. The plant was very distressed and leaned over away from the sun light. Once I brought it back inside, it perched straight up within an hour. Not sure what the dealio is but my plant prefers my cool apartment over the outdoor temps.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enjoyed the topic so much: I will give extra products to family & friends when visiting.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Basil variety's I've grown. I live in a condominium on the 3rd floor, and have enjoyed this herb until is was infected by a fungus. I would purchase it again and again.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far this has done well, I think my yield will be higher once I get a good soil balance. Great taste!
Date published: 2015-05-11
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