Basil is one of the most popular herbs for growing. It is however, one of the fussiest about cool nighttime temperatures and wet weather.
The trick with basil is to keep it warm.
Start basil seeds in March or April, providing plenty of warmth. Protect your baby basil plants from cool nights (under 8 degrees Celsius).
A few variety highlights:
Dolly: genovese type, more tolerant of cool temperatures
Genovese: best for pesto
Sweet Basil: Large leaf type, great for tomato sauces and pesto
Culinary Blend: A mix of Genovese, Corsican, Lemon & Lime Basil
Red Rubin: Compact plant, spicy flavour
Get more details on each variety by checking the associated brand's website....or call us at 250-967-4325 for specific recommendations to meet your needs.
- West Coast Seeds (WCS): https://www.westcoastseeds.com/collections/basil-seeds
- Aimer's Organics (AO): https://www.oscseeds.com/product-category/aimers-organic-herbs-and-veg/
- Pacific Northwest (PNW) - no digital listing available. See the complete variety listing PDF in the sidebar of our Seeds Page (pnw_seed_variety_details.pdf)