Seed Tube Herbs - Basil Red Leaved

Seed Tube Herbs - Basil Red Leaved

Ocimum basilicum


Red basil adds a lovely reddish purple leaves to dishes but with the traditional sweet basil taste although a little stronger in flavour. It makes a lovely colourful statement plant in the garden as well as an excellent herb in the kitchen.

  • Sowing Instructions

    Sow seed indoors in trays of seed compost, 6mm deep and cover with finely sieved compost or vermiculite. Cover & keep at a temperature of between 18-20C. Keep watered and germination will take place in about 5-10 days. When the seeds have germinated, water sparingly to prevent ‘damping off.’ Carefully transplant each seedling to a small pot and grow on for 4 weeks. Either transplant into larger pot (about 15cm) or into garden, spacing plants every 25cm apart, in rows 25cm apart. Only plant in garden when all threat of frost has passed late May to early June. Alternatively sow direct in soil when night time temperatures are above 13C, June time, but the greenhouse method is more successful.

    For more sowing instructions read our blog 'How to Sow & Grow'

  • Seeds

    Approx 350

  • Top Tips

    Don’t overwater basil but keep moist and don’t water foliage. Water in the morning as evening watering can lead to ‘damping off’. Pinch out growing tip 2 weeks after final transplant to encourage bushy basil plants.

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