Cinnamon Basil Seeds
Discover cinnamon basil's aromatic and delicious world by learning how to germinate, grow, and harvest this unique herb. Our step-by-step guide will lead you to a successful harvest and endless culinary possibilities.
Germinating, Growing, and Harvesting Direction:
- Soak the cinnamon basil seeds in warm water for 12-24 hours to increase germination.
- Fill seed trays or small pots with a well-draining, fertile potting mix.
- Sow seeds about 1/4 inch deep and cover lightly with soil.
- Maintain a consistent temperature of 70-75°F (21-24°C) and moisten the soil.
- Expect germination in 5-10 days. Place seedlings in a sunny location or under grow lights once they sprout.
- Transplant seedlings outdoors when they have at least 2 sets of true leaves and after the last frost has passed. Space plants 12-18 inches apart in a location with full sun.
- Ensure the soil is well-draining and fertile, with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Add compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil quality.
- Water plants regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not soggy.
- Feed with a balanced, organic fertilizer every 4-6 weeks throughout the growing season.
- Prune regularly to encourage bushy growth and prevent flowering, making more flavorful leaves.
- Harvest leaves as needed once the plant is well-established, typically 60-70 days after germination.
- Pick leaves from the top of the plant to encourage further growth.
- For optimal flavor, harvest in the morning when the essential oils are the strongest.
- To store, dry the leaves or freeze them for later use in culinary dishes.