Basil Sweet Seeds
Basil Sweet Seeds
Basil Sweet Seeds
Basil Sweet Seeds

Basil 'Sweet' Seeds

Fresh and aromatic culinary herbs all year round!
  • A half-hardy annual – great for outdoor containers or herb gardens, or indoors on your windowsill.
  • The classic large-leaved, beautifully aromatic variety favoured in many cuisines.
  • Delicious for pesto, or in salads and cooked dishes for that authentic Mediterranean flavour.
  • Grow vigorous plants for year-round fresh leaves – far superior to supermarket herb pots.
  • Supplied as a packet of 450 (approx.) seeds ready to sow indoors or outdoors.

Product options:

450 Seeds
Item: 700032
450 Seeds - Item: 700032
ONLY £3.99
Key Points
Full Product Details

Product Information

This ‘Sweet’ Basil is the classic, large-leaved variety that is most popularly used in cuisines all over the world. Native to tropical regions of central Africa and Southeast Asia, it is a tender, half-hardy annual when grown outdoors in Britain for summer cropping. Or it can be grown successfully indoors on your windowsill all through the year to ensure a continuous supply of fresh leaves for culinary use.

A favourite herb particularly of Italian cooking, its sweet, aromatic leaves are a characteristic ingredient for many dishes from salads and garnishes to soups, casseroles, ragu, pizza, and pasta dishes – and superb for making fresh pesto. The flavour comes from the intense essential oils in the glossy green leaves that are at their best when eaten raw or added to hot dishes at the last minute.

Growing your own ‘Sweet’ Basil from seed, whether indoors or outdoors, will reward you with neat, bushy and vigorous plants that can be cut just when you need a fresh bunch for your cooking – a much better solution than those frustrating supermarket pot herbs that barely last 2-3 weeks and are reluctant to grow back when cut.

Sow all year round indoors into pots for your windowsill or for transplanting outdoors from May to July. Or sow outdoors from May to June; they will do best in pots or containers, but can be sown directly into a well-prepared bed or border. All they require is a sunny but sheltered position, in fertile, moist but well-drained soil or compost, then regular cutting to encourage new growth.

Supplied as a packet of 450 (approx.) seeds ready to plant indoors or outdoors in their growing position. Mature plants can reach 30cm (12in) height and spread. Harvest indoors all year round or throughout the summer when grown outdoors.

What Is Supplied

Item 700032 supplied as:

Supplied as a packet of 450 (approx.) seeds ready to plant indoors or outdoors in their growing position.

Performance subject to growing conditions.
Packed in the UK.

Plant Care Information

Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • Protect outdoor-grown seedlings from slugs.
  • Cut leaves regularly to encourage new growth and remove flowers to prolong picking.
  • Plant plenty so you have enough to make fresh pesto – once tasted, you will never go back!
  • For maximum flavour, leaves should be added to cooked dishes at the last minute.

Care Information

How to grow Basil

  • Sow indoors all year round for indoor crops and March to May for outdoor crops. Sow 0.5cm (¼in) deep, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. For outdoor crops, accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out 20cm (8in) apart. Alternatively, plants can be grown on a light windowsill.
  • Or sow outdoors, where they are to crop, 0.5cm (¼in) deep, directly into finely prepared soil that has already been watered. Thin seedlings to 20cm (8in) apart. For a continuous supply, make sowings every 2-3 weeks.
  • Harvesting: Leaves are best picked immediately before use. (Outdoor crops from June).


  • Protect outdoor seedlings from slugs.
  • Keep the compost moist, allowing to almost dry out between watering. Do not over-water or allow pots to stand in excess water.
  • Pick regularly to encourage new, young leaves to grow.
  • Remove flowerheads as soon as they appear to prevent the plant from bolting.
  • Feed regularly with a general-purpose liquid fertiliser to encourage new growth.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Planting Time
Fruiting Time
Sowing Time

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
30 cm
30 cm
Items You May Like
Close Video
1. If you're not totally happy with your order, return it within 30 days and we'll replace or refund in full!
2. Should any hardy plant fail to thrive thereafter, we'll replace free of charge - you just pay the P&P
Item Added To Basket
Item Added To Basket