Sweet Basil, native to Europe, is used fresh or dried as an aromatic culinary seasoning. It was common in America by the late 1700's, and Thomas Jefferson requested a supply of this pot-herb from his neighbor George Divers in 1820. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Native Distribution: Tropical Asia
Sow Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) seeds indoors 4 weeks before last frost at 70 degrees F, transplant to cell-packs or small pots once they have several true leaves, then transplant to well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed. Keep plants pinched back to promote bushy growth. Approximately 90 Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) seeds per packet.
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