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Basilico Mostruoso Basil

Ocimum Basilicum

An great Italian Mammoth-leaf basil, with very large, blistering leaves and a strong licorice-like flavor. Plants grow over a foot tall, forming a dense bush with 3"x 4" bright green leaves. Besides being able to make a lot of pesto at once, you can also use whole leaves like you would grape leaves to wrap around a rice/vegetable stuffing, or as a garnish under large slices of tomato. Also quite suitable for drying.  100 seeds.

 

Planting

Annual 

Germination:  5-10 days

Seed Planting Depth:  Lightly cover

Seeding Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 65-70 degrees soil temperatures.Transplant 6-12" apart. Sow outdoors in the late spring when soil warms to 70 degrees. Thin to 4-12" apart , less space apart for baby sized basil and more for mature plants.

Light  Needs:  Sun 

Soil Needs: Fertile, moist soil

Uses:Culinary, medicinal, attracts bees and beneficials.  

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