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Can basil be direct seeded?

Posted by keepitlow 6 (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 28, 12 at 23:12

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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RE: Can basil be direct seeded?

Does very well when direct seeded IME.


RE: Can basil be direct seeded?

I direct seed. Works pretty well, I plant it like lettuce and then thin.

RE: Can basil be direct seeded?

  • Posted by lolauren 7 - WA State/Desert (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 29, 12 at 12:05

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.

RE: Can basil be direct seeded?

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.

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