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Italian Sweet Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Grown by: Truelove Seeds Farm in Glen Mills, PA

  • $5.00

Classic Italian Basil for all your favorite recipes. This variety actually emerged from an Italian Lettuce Leaf Basil. We grew them separately because the leaves were not savoyed/curly, and these plants turned out to be beautiful, robust, healthy, disease-resistant additions to our backyard garden. We've saved the seeds, increased them, and are now offering them to you. Personally, I harvest and use them in my favorite eggplant parmesan recipe (alongside mint!) from Cooking with Nona. - Owen

Days to maturity: 60

Seeds per pack: 125-150

Germination rate: 63% on 01/30/2024

Planting / harvesting notes

Sow seeds on the surface of moist potting soil and keep it evenly moist and in the sunlight until germination. Start indoors, and later transplant in full sun 10-12 inches apart. Cut and come again harvest - this plant is a vigorous grower in warmer months. Once established, keep evenly watered, this plant is not drought tolerant and can suffer heat damage.

Seed keeping notes

Allow seedheads to dry on the plant. Cut the stalks below the lowest seed clusters. If necessary, dry the seedheads further in the sun on a sheet or table away from moisture and precipitation. When fully dry, whack the seedheads in a bucket, allowing the ripest seed to fall. Sift through strainers to remove the largest chaff, and then winnow off the lighter chaff with your breath, a fan, or the wind.


This product is part of the Italian Collection.

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