Large Leaf Italian Basil
This fragrant and delicious plant is great for making a pesto sauce or adding to soups and sauces for its pungent flavour.
Planting Guide: Can be started indoors and transplanted or planted outside once the danger of frost has dissipated and soil is warm - above 20 degrees celcius. Sow 1/4" deep in moist, well-drained soil, 6" apart in rows about 18-24" apart. Full sun. Mulch recommended to retain moisture. In drier, summer heat, water regularly.
Harvest: Begin to prune once the plant has produced 5-7 leaves to encourage branching. Continue pruning as leaves develop. At about 5-7 weeks, pinch off the center shoot to prevent flowering. Avoid frost - frost will destroy the plant .
Tip: Leaves are juiciest in the morning. It's best mate is a tomato plant - so do your best to keep these two lovers together!
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