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Corsican Basil Seeds

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Corsican is an heirloom Mediterranean Basil. It has unique mottled green and purple leaves that are mildly sweet with a slight licorice taste that is not overwhelming. Flowering stalks are erect and attractive to a host of beneficial insects. Compact growth habit is great for companion planting where pests are a problem. Plant grows to about 18 in. tall and are perfect for container gardening.

Rare and unique variety that deserves to be better known.

 

  • Ocimum basilicum
  • Days to Harvest: 60
  • Frost Hardy: no
  • Annual
  • Full Sun: 8-12 hours of Sun
  • Sprouts in 6-10 Days
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-85 Degrees F
  • Seed packet contains a minimum of 150 seeds

Care and Growing Instructions

Sowing Seeds Indoors

Sow basil seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring
Sow basil seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula
Keep the soil evenly moist at 70 degrees F
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
As soon as basil seedlings emerge, provide plenty of natural light on a sunny windowsill or grow under fluorescent light on a 12 hours cycle.
Transplant basil plants in the garden after a period of “hardening”, increasing the seedling’s exposure to sunlight gradually over a one-week period. Seedlings are ready for transplants when they have 3 to 4 true leaves.
Do not expose basil plants or seedlings to frost.

Sowing Seeds Outdoors

Direct sow Basil seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost has passed when the soil temperature is at least 60 degrees F. Basil grows best in fine, well-draining soil of average fertility.
Sow basil seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inches of fine soil.
Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
Seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.

Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients. Mulching the growing area helps the soil retain moisture and prevents weed seeds from germinating.
For basil, an organic mulch of aged bark, weed-seed free straw or shredded leaves is ideal. Mulching has many benefits including added organic matter and fertility as it will improve the soil as mulch breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
Keep basil plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Basil plants should not be allowed to dry out.
Do not harvest too much of the plant at one time as this may weaken the plant.