African Blue Basil 3 x 9cm Organic Herb Plug Plants
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A must have herb for any foodie, basil is an easy to grow low-maintenance herb that will bring your garden and kitchen to life. Known for it's lush leaves and slightly spicy smell this is a plant that will grow just as well on your window sill or in your garden. This versatile herb is most often used in Italian and Thai cooking and is the perfect finishing touch for a pasta sauce or sweet curry. Blend a good handful of basil leaves with olive oil to make a fresh and tasty pesto. Outdoor basil plants need protection from strong winds and frost so plant in a sheltered area that receives shade throughout the day. Too much sun will bleach the leaves and make the herb taste bitter. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, and only water in the afternoon or on a cloudy day to avoid burning the delicate leaves. This half-hardy herb will need to be replanted each year, so when temperatures start to dip in the autumn bring some plants indoors so you can replant in the spring.
How do you harvest basil?
Pick the top leaves from your basil plant throughout the summer, making sure to leave some shoots so that the plant can regrow. Store in a cool place and wash just before using or the leaves will turn slimy.
How do you store fresh basil?
You can store fresh leaves in the fridge for up to three days. If you find yourself with a lot of leaves and want to store them for a later date, finely chop the basil and freeze in a ice cube tray with some water for up to three months. If you'd like to dry your basil for a longer shelf life, put the entire stem on a lined baking tray and dry in a low oven until the leaves crumble to the touch.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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