Licorice Basil - Heirloom Herb Garden Seeds
Basil Licorice (Ocimum Basilicum), is Native to India and ancient Persia. Since Basil thrives in warm weather, it grows best when the soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. It grows best in zones 1-11. Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their seeds indoors at least 3-4 weeks before the last frost date.
Basil Licorice thrives in soil that drains well, though it still needs to be watered often. As the plant grows, pruning it help it to develop a bushy, healthy plant. Also be careful to not let it flower all the way because it wilt and die if you don’t keep it pruned. Basil leaves can be harvested as soon as they reach a height of 6-8”. The best time to harvest is in the morning after the dew dries.
For drying or freezing, harvest leaves that have their maximum oil content just before they flower. To dry, cut whole stems on a dry morning, tie stems loosely together in small bunches and hang to dry in an airy location. If you are going to freeze it, you may do so on a cookie sheet and then seal them in a zip lock bag.
Latin Name: Ocimum Basilicum
Other Names: Licorice Basil
Seeds per Oz: Approx 20,000
Days to Maturity: Approx 69
Open Pollinated: Yes
Hardiness Zone: 1-11
Uses: Culinary, Medicinal, attracts bees
Temp Preference: Warmer
Light Preference: Full Sun, or Partial Shade
Comments: An uncommon basil with a rich licorice-anise like aroma mixed with classic basil.
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Sowing: If you are going to start these seeds indoors use pots or starter kits that are at least 3-4” deep. Using a rich, moist soil start by planting the seeds ¼” beneath the soil. If you are going to start the sowing outside make sure that the weather is at least 60 degrees. Plant the seeds ¼” beneath the soil and keep well-watered. Spacing needs to be 18” in between rows and 4-8” between plants.
Transplanting: To transplant make sure that the seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves. Make sure that you select an area that is fully in the sun during the day. Prepare your garden by turning about 8 inches of the soil. Dig a hole for each plant that is amply to accommodate the whole root ball. Place it level with the top soil and fill around with soil until all roots are covered.
Soil Preference: : Basil Licorice is not drought tolerate, so it is best to choose a soil that is rich and moist.
Other Tips: Carefully remove the plant from your starting pots and gently loosen the root ball with your hands this will encourage good root development. Use the plant tag as a location marker for easy access to get to your seedlings simply.