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Bush Basil

Bush Basil

Bush Basil has smaller leaves than the better known, big-leafed Genovese. But it's just as tasty. 

This variety can handle dry weather, heat, and snails better than basil with larger leaves. So it's better equipped for growing outdoors.
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Sowing time: March - May Height: 30-45 cm Weight: 1 gram

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Bush Basil

Basil is best pre-sown indoors. Why? These little seedlings rarely survive outdoors when they're young: snails and other pests think they're a treat. So, you'll put them in your raised bed only when they're big and strong.

  • 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
Want to buy Basil seeds? We sell the bags separately, but you can also find Bush Basil in the Essentials Seed Pack:

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.

How do you use it?

Basil leaves are delicious in soup, salads, and pasta. Add it at the last minute: it quickly loses its flavor when heated.