Full Sun/Part Shade/Shade.
Basil seeds should be sown indoors 6–8 weeks before planting outside.
Sow seeds in a sterile seed starting mix in seed trays or pots 0.2–1.0 cm (0.08–0.4 in) deep and water gently.
Ensure the temperature remains between 15.5 and 27°C (60–80°F).
Seeds should germinate in about 5 days at 21°C (70°F).
Basil seedlings can be transplanted to the garden when they are between 6 and 8 weeks old, about 2 weeks after the last frost date.
Plants should be spaced approximately 30 cm (12 in) apart, allowing 45 cm (18 in) between rows.
Pinching back the growing tip of the plants after transplanting will encourage the growth of new shoots
Plant basils 15-20cm apart in a large pot, or in individual small containers.
Basil is prone to fungus, so keeping airflow between plants is important.
Make sure your pot has plenty of drainage and that you use high-quality potting soil.
Basil doesn't like to be too wet, so you want to keep your soil moist, not soggy
Begin using the leaves as soon as the plant is large enough to spare some.
When the basil is still growing, take leaves from lower down the plant and remember only take 1/3 of the plant.
When the basil is fully grown, collect from the tops of the branches, cutting off several inches.
Handle basil delicately so as not to bruise and blacken the leaves.
Use a fine colander for basil seed collecting, as the black seeds are very tiny.
Cut off the brown and spent flower heads and let them dry for a few days in a warm, dry location.
Crush the heads over the colander and pick out the old petals and any chaff
Zone 1 - Cool
January , October , November , December
Zone 2 - Temperate
January , September , October , November , December
Zone 3 - Subtropical
January , February , August , September , October , November , December