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- Species name: Marsh basil 'Bascuro Darkgreen'
- Family: Leaf
- Plants per square patch: 4
- Height: 20 to 35 cm
- Pre-sowing: March and April
- Sowing depth: 1 cm
- Germination: 18°C in 5 to 7 days
- Time to harvest: 9-10 weeks
- Sunlight: Can grow in sun as well as shade
What makes this basil special?
Basil comes in many varieties. The most famous is the large-leafed basil that is often used in the Italian kitchen.
Our bush basil has smaller leaves, and grows more like a bush.
The taste corresponds to the better known Italian basil, but the advantage of this variety is that the plants are less affected by drought, heat and snails. This makes them more suitable for outdoor cultivation.
Sowing and growing basil
Sow the plants indoors: in a pot with Easy Kitchen Garden Mix.
Because basil plants can't stand the cold, they can only be planted outside after mid-May: when the chance of night frost is gone. Let them get used to the outside air for a few days before you plant them out permanently.
Once the plants are 10-15 cm high, you can cut off the top of the main stem. This will speed up the development of side branches and make the plants bushier.
Water the basil plants regularly and pinch off flower buds as soon as you see them. This will give you more side branches and therefore more leaves.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions for Basil are in the Easy Kitchen Garden app.