Ocimum basilicum, O. sanctum

How to plant Basil seeds


Dolce Fresca basil HR16001


The best large-leafed basil to grow in containers. Dolce Fresca combines the attractive dense round shape of bush basil with large sweetly spicy leaves of an Italian basil. Feel free to snip with a heavy hand, because Dolce Fresca rapidly grows fresh new leaves, yet keeps to a tidy, 12 to 14 in. mound. 2015 AAS Award Winner. Packet is ½ gram, about 300 seeds.

½ gram - $2.49

Genovese basil HR00004

GENO­VESE Basil Seeds

Organically grown. A classic Italian basil, ideal for pesto. The dark green leaves are succulent, mildly spicy and plentiful on 24 to 30 in. tall, bushy, slow-to-bolt plants. Packet is 1 gram, about 600 seeds.

1 gram - $1.99

Genovese Compact basil HR00009


Thick and large, crinkled dark green leaves full of spicy flavor, superb for pesto sauces. Genovese has long been a favorite of fresh markets and gourmets, and Genovese Compact delivers same superior quality on much more neat, compact 1½ ft. tall plants. Great in containers. Packet is ¼ gram, about 150 seeds.

¼ gram - $2.49

Italian Large Leaf basil HR00011


Big high yielding plant with large 2-3 in. wrinkled leaves and a particularly sweet (and less clove-like) flavor some cooks prefer. Grows 2-2½ ft. tall. Packet is ½ gram, about 275 seeds.

½ gram - $1.99

Nufar organic basil HR01154

NUFAR Basil Seeds

Organically grown. A prolific Genovese-type basil with lustrous, deliciously aromatic dark green leaves perfect for pesto. Nufar is highly resistant to fusarium wilt. Slow-bolting plants grow 18 to 24 in. high by 12 to 15 in. wide. Naturally helps repel insect pests, try companion planting with leafy vegetables. Well-suited for both greenhouse and outdoor gardening. Packet is ¼ gram, about 125 seeds.

¼ gram - $2.99


Siam Queen Thai basil HR00023

SIAM QUEEN Thai Basil Seeds

Both an outstanding ornamental and top-quality culinary basil. Leaves green, stems purple, flowers pink-violet. This is the basil most often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. With mild overtones of anise, 'Siam Queen' adds the right touch of spice to soups, curries and beef dishes. Grows to 2 ft. tall. Packet is ¼ gram, about 175 seeds.

¼ gram - $1.99


Sacred basil NEW FOR 2017 BSL0006

SACRED Basil Seeds Ocimum sanctum, (OP)

Organically grown. Also known as holy basil and Tulsi, Sacred Basil has been widely used for centuries in Asia for its pleasant anise-like flavor and medicinal properties. The 8 to 12 in. plants have emerald green leaves covered in a fine downy fuzz, arranged densely on bright purple stems. Sacred basil makes a delicious herbal tea.

½ gram - $2.49

Cinnamon basil HR00005

CIN­NAMON Basil Seeds

Cinnamon basil produces attractive rose-pink flowers and small 1 in. leaves which have a distinctive, sweet, spicy cinnamon taste and scent. Makes a wonderful tea or add it to salads and marinades. Deliciously different - full of possibilities. Packet is ½ gram, about 300 seeds.

½ gram - $2.25

Mrs. Burns' lemon basil HR00013

MRS. BURNS' Lemon Basil Seeds

An heirloom variety from New Mexico which has a more intense lemon flavor, larger leaves, and more robust growth than the standard lemon basil. Grows to 2 ft. tall and has pink flowers. Outstanding for teas, salads, soups and vinegars. Packet is ½ gram, about 250 seeds.

½ gram - $1.99

Purple Ruffles basil HR00702


Large 3 in. quilted leaves add a bit more cinnamon flavor to your cooking than regular basil. Makes an outstanding ornamental for containers, and an unusual distinctive garnish. Small percentage of plants will be green, thin when identified. Packet is ¼ gram, about 150 seeds.

¼ gram - $1.99

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How to Plant and Grow Basil

Bee introduces how to plant

Plant Basil Seeds: Direct sow into the garden after all danger of frost. Plant seed ¼ in. deep, 2-3 seeds per inch, in rows 18 in. apart. Firm the soil well over the seeds. Thinning is not necessary. Can be started indoors in cell packs or flats 6 weeks prior to setting out. Kept at 70°F., germination is in 5-10 days.

Grow Basil: Basil prefers warm weather and is very sensitive to cold. Removing flowers and pinching taller stems will result in bushier plants that produce more leaves and better flavor. Removing leaves from basil plants helps promote growth. Some basils may die back after blooming. Basil is often companion planted with tomatoes.