basil 'Sweet'

basil 'Sweet' or Ocimum basilicum 'Presto Genovese'

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Buy basil 'Sweet' basil 'Sweet' or Ocimum basilicum 'Presto Genovese': A very tasty herb

  • Position: full sun, sheltered and warm or a sunny windowsill
  • Soil: fertile, moist but well drained

    This sweet basil can be used to make Presto Genovese. No Italian cooking is complete without the aromatic flavour of basil, a tender leafy herb with fat, glossy green leaves. Grow in a container in a sunny spot on the patio or indoors on a bright windowsill and keep well-watered for a plentiful supply. Chop finely over tomatoes or blend with olive oil for the best pesto ever.

  • Growing Instructions: Sow seeds into pots of free-draining seed compost on a warm, sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse from late spring. Protect seedlings from slugs and cold and keep well-watered as they grow. Plant out into the herb garden or into roomy pots or troughs from early summer, after all threat of frost has passed, allowing 15-20cm between plants. Pick plants over regularly and remove any developing flowerheads immediately to prevent bolting (running to seed) and to encourage lots of fresh young leaves.

  • Sow: April-June

  • Harvest: July onwards

  • Approximate quantity: 750 seeds

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Best crop ever


This variety was so easy to grow and yielded the biggest crop of very large, lush leaves I've ever had - which were great in all sorts of dishes and salads as well as making masses of very fragrant and delicious pesto. I panted some in pots which started on the patio before being moved into the conservatory in the autumn and some out in the garden but the latter were not very happy and not worth repeating


Mid Wales


So easy to grow


I've grown this in pots on my balcony and it's been so easy to look after. I use it all the time in my cooking which I love

Maddy the balcony gardener




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