Basil 'Crimson King' / Red Genovese Basil / British Bred / Seeds

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Basil 'Crimson King' / Red Genovese Basil / British Bred / Seeds

An excellent new variety of red Genovese Basil with dark cupped leaves and a pleasing aroma.   Plants are bred in the UK and can be grown indoors and out, with good vigour and no green ‘off-types’ otherwise common with this type of Basil.  The leaves are good for adding to salads, sauces and pizzas.


Basil Crimson King will grow to a compact height of 40-50cm, good for growing all year indoors in pots and for growing outside in the summer.  Leaves can be picked all year while the plants are growing, starting about 80 days from sowing.

 

Pack of approx 150 seeds.  Sow indoors all year and grow on a sunny windowsill, or directly in the ground from late May to June.  Easy to grow.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.


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Hardiness Half hardy annual
Height 40 - 50cm
Spread 30cm
Conditions  Sun and moist well-drained soil, protected from frost
Sow

For indoor cultivation: Sow year-round on the surface of moist seed compost in trays or pots.  Cover very lightly with compost or vermiculite, and keep at 15-25°C.  Germination takes 2-3 weeks.   Water sparingly and give the plants good light.
For outdoor cultivation: Sow late May and June after the last frost directly in the soil in rows, and thin to 20-30cm apart.  Sow in a sunny place with well-drained soil.

Grow & Harvest

Once plants are established, pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushy plants. Harvest leaves regularly and remove flowering stems to retain flavour and prevent bolting.  Water plants during dry spells.  Outdoor plants die down in the autumn when they can be removed.   Grow indoor plants all year on a sunny windowsill.  Sow 2-4 seeds per medium sized pot.  Make sure the pot has drainage holes and do not over water plants.  Feed pot grown plants once a month. Expect pot grown indoor plants to provide leaves for 3-6 months, after which they should be replaced.  Sow regularly for a continuous supply of leaves.  Excess leaves can be frozen.