Bush basil

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Bush basil has smaller leaves than the better known, big-leafed Genovese. But It's just as tasty and less affected by drought, heat, and snails. Perfect for growing outdoors.

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Sowing: 1 March - 31 July

Level 1

sowed indoors

0 - 5 days

Level 2

seedlings visible

5-12 days

Level 3

seedlings thinned out

1-3 weeks

Level 4

tiny plants

3-5 weeks

Level 5

topped plants

5-7 weeks

Level 6

first day hardened-off

~week 7

Level 7

hardened-off 2 days

~week 7

Level 8

hardened-off 3 days

~week 8

Level 9

hardened-off 4 days

~week 8

Level 10

hardened-off 5 days

~week 8

Level 11

at final place

8-11 weeks

Level 12

small bushes

11-28+ weeks

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. Put them in your garden box only when they're strong enough. This special bush basil does really well outdoors.

  • 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, or you can find bush basil seeds in one of our seed packs:

What makes this basil special?

Basil comes in many varieties. The most famous is the large-leafed basil often used in the Italian kitchen - Genovese.

Our bush basil has smaller leaves and grows more like a bush.

The taste is similar to Genovese basil, but the advantage of this variety is that the plants are less affected by dry weather, heat and snails. So our bush basil can be grown outside in a garden box or MM-Mini.

Sowing and growing basil

Sow the plants indoors in a pot with MM-Mix and vermiculite.

Since basil plants can't stand the cold, they can only be transplanted outside after mid-May: that's when there's little chance of a late frost. Let them get used to the outside air for a few days before you move them to your garden box. 

To make the plants bushy, cut off the top of the main stem when the plants are 10-15 cm tall. Pinch off flower buds when you see them. That will help produce even more leaves and stems. 

You can find more info about bush basil here. Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are included in the Planty Gardening app.

How do you use bush basil?

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

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