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Basil

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* Thrysiflora basil (''Ocimum basilicum var.'' "thrysiflora")
== Description ==
 
Basil grows in a bushy way, with soft, large and light green or deep purple leaves. The leaves tend to be oval in shape. The leaves are pungent and have a fresh flavour.
 
Basil flowers during summer and has small, delicate pink or white flowers.
== Growing sweet basil ==
Decide whether you want to grow it from seed (the seeds germinate in about two to three days) or from cuttings taken from firm wood stems of existing basil plants. If using seed, be aware that sweet basil seeds can remain viable for several years if stored in a cool, dry place away from direct light.
 
To plant, use well-drained soil in a warm and sunny position. Push the seeds firmly into the ground and expect fast growth. If grown in a cooler climate, sow the seeds indoors first, then transplant to the garden when it becomes warmer. If you choose to keep growing them indoors, grow in a sunny, warm position.
 
As the plant grows, it's a good idea to pinch out the first flower-heads to encourage production of more leaves for use.
== Harvesting basil ==
To keep basil producing more wonderful leaves for your cuisine, snip off the blooms regularly. Make this a part of the harvesting schedule. The first harvest should be possible around four to six weeks after transplanting or six to eight weeks after sowing seeds. Prune when harvesting to remove the blooms and you should get successive harvests every few weeks.
 
Pick the larger leaves first, allowing the smaller leaves a chance to grow bigger.
The best part of the basil plant is found at its top. The four leaves right at the top are the choicest. Even better, don't be afraid to remove it when it's ready as this will motivate the plant to produce more!