Can basil be direct seeded?

keepitlow(6)November 28, 2012

I've always started indoors. I'm loosing my little growing area I have inside. Can I direct seed basil outdoors?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Does very well when direct seeded IME.


    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 11:27PM
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I direct seed. Works pretty well, I plant it like lettuce and then thin.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 10:54AM
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I've done both, but usually just direct seed. The direct seeded seem to surpass the others (growing stronger and faster.)

The only issue, for me, is that I have bugs (earwigs) or slugs that like to eat the baby basil when it just sprouts. My solution is tossing out A LOT of seed in various beds over a week or two. Some plants get consumed but some make it.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:05PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I think it depends on your climate. In my cool summers it is well into July before it is warm enough for basil to germinate outdoors. Plus I have plagues of slugs and snails. In fact I grow it in the greenhouse all summer long as the necessary heat and light are too unpredictable outdoors.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 12:43PM
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