Licorice basil is a strong, flavorful variety of basil which grows into vibrant green plants with hints of purple on the foliage. These plants are not only beautiful, but reward growers as an immensely fragrant addition to the home garden. As the name would imply, both licorice and anise are prevalent in the flavor of the basil. Licorice, growing in the ground or in containers, thrives in warm weather climates which receive ample sunlight.
Like many other varieties of basil, licorice flavored basil plants are extremely easy to grow. While it may be possible to locate seedlings in local garden centers, most believe that basil is best grown from seed. Basil licorice growing from seed is a cost effective way to increase basil harvests, even for those with relatively short growing seasons. Growers have several options when starting basil seed. Though it is possible to start basil seeds indoors in seed trays, many gardeners find that direct sowing the seed is both efficient and effective. To direct sow, simply broadcast the seeds into a well amended and weed free garden bed and water thoroughly.
Beyond planting, licorice basil plants require little care. To promote healthier, bushier plants, many gardeners may choose to pinch basil seedlings early in the season as a means to help promote the plants’ branching habit. Frequent and consistent watering will result in lush, green growth from plants without the need for frequent fertilization. At harvest time, make certain only to remove about one-fourth of the plant to ensure continued basil harvests throughout the season.
Package Size: 30 seeds per pack
Germination Rate: 75%
Germination Time: 14 – 28 Days
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