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Basil is an essential Mediterranean annual with a uniquely warm flavour that complements tomato dishes. This is the basic kind, easily raised from seed and kept productive by frequently pinching out of shoot tips for use in the kitchen. There are many other kinds of basil, often with subtly different and compulsive aromas, and all make fine pot plants for a warm sheltered spot. Outdoors they need protection from wind and frost. Always water with care, ideally before midday, and try to avoid splashing the leaves to keep them in good condition.
Plant type: Half-hardy annual
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
My Basil always seem to die after a month or two at the most. I do always pinch shoots off for cooking leaving the newer sprouts intact and always leave a few big leaves to keep it ticking over. Could I be over or under watering it as I have heard that is can be quite sensitive about when it's watered? Will it always die off even indoors? The taste is great and there really is nothing like fresh Pesto!
I never had luck with basil as I used to always grow it indoors. The key is to grow it outdoors! My basil this year is full and growing happily. I've used coffee grounds around the edge of the pot to keep out slugs and water it in the morning and it seems to be doing well *for now!*
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