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This excelled in our basil trial last summer and won amongst the purple basil-leaved varieties hands down. It was quickest to cropping size, and harvestable later into the autumn than all the others.

Use the fragrant leaves in the kitchen and the flower spikes as a foliage filler in the vase. It makes a good container plant too.

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Genus Ocimum
Group/Species basilicum
Variety Red Boza
Common Name Basil
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow undercover from late February to mid-summer. You can speed the germination process up by sowing into a length of guttering before transplanting outside. When seedlings are large enough to handle and have developed their first true leaves, pot on into 7.5cm (3in) pots filled with peat-free multi-purpose compost. Plant out after the last frosts in a sunny, sheltered spot with well-drained soil or in a container pot. It is important to gradually acclimatise seedlings to outdoor conditions before you plant them outside. To do this, leave plants outside during the day in a bright, sunny spot and bring them in overnight or cover with horticultural fleece. Treat as an annual and grow in a light, well-drained, fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun. Best grown containerised. May be grown as a short-lived sub-shrub if over-wintered but there is little gain for your effort, its is best to start a fresh with young plants. Water freely in summer.
Care Tips Grows well in a container, keep re-potting into a slightly larger pot when roots start to show through the drainage holes at the bottom – plants could eventually end up in a 20cm (8in) container. Basil hates having wet roots overnight, so aim to water plants in the morning if possible. Keep plants bushy and productive by pinching the tips of branches regularly and remove any flowers that start to develop.
Flowering Harvest from June – September
Storing Freezes well - or make pesto to keep in the fridge.
Harvesting July - October. 6-8 weeks from sowing. Remove individual leaves or stems, don't cut the plant to the ground. Remove flowers as they appear. 3-4 months in the summer and early autumn.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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