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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
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Sweet Basil Seeds

Sweet Basil Seeds, Ocimum basilicum
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This must-have herb is delightfully flavorful and easy to grow, producing a continuous harvest of fragrant leaves all summer.

Zones 1 - 10

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This is the most popular type of basil--one of the most popular herbs in the world, and no wonder. The delicious scent, and delightful taste makes this one a must-have in any herb garden. It grows rapidly from seed, and once you harvest a stem, another appears in its place. Imagine making your own fresh pesto, basil and tomato "caprese" salads, plus all the other favorites that call for basil.

These seeds are the preferred culinary type, super-easy to grow.

When and Where to Plant: Select a sunny location and sow seed as soon as ground can be worked. For earlier crop start indoors. Makes attractive pot plant. Cultivate soil and enrich with vegetable food. Firm soil over seed.
Care: Keep soil moist and clean.
Harvesting: Cut stem just before flowers open, strip leaves and use fresh, or dry on tray in dark, airy place. Leaves may be frozen.

Associated SKUs
2HERB (Packet: +/- 936 seeds) - Out of stock.
5BASOZ (1 Ounce)
5BASQP (1/4 Pound)
5BASLB (1 Pound)
Common Name Sweet Basil
Botanical Name Ocimum basilicum
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Seed Spacing 1 inch
Row Spacing 18 inches
Space After Thinning 6-8 inches
Days to Germination 14-18
Days to Harvest 80-90
Ways to Grow Containers, Ornamental Edibles, Small Gardens
In the Kitchen Drying
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Seed
Advantages Containers
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes


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Sweet Basil Seeds


from WA

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  • Sprouting Basil Herbs


    Best Uses

    • Sprouting Hydroponic

    Comments about American Meadows Sweet Basil Seeds:

    I originally bought a pound of Sweet Basil seeds for sprouting as the flavor is more intense when using the sprouts, but thought I'd try some Hydroponic growing of the seeds and there doing amazing and the leaves are great in fresh salad, raw foods, and cooked soups, beans and black eyed peas. I am vegetarian and flavor is important in waking up recipes. I am really happy with my purchase that arrived in fast order, in great condition and even in an adorable burlap bag. I'll be buying more seeds from American Meadows. I also love that seeds can be purchased all year round!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Fool-Proof Herb Gardening!


    from Lockport, NY

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    • VERY easy to grow


      Best Uses

      • Pesto delicious

      Comments about American Meadows Sweet Basil Seeds:

      I love that I can purchase such high quality seeds in bulk! It's very economical. I had so much seed that I filled several jars and gave them away in house warming baskets this year. It was nice to know that when the new home owners plant there herb gardens they will be able to enjoy your products as well. I also include my favorite recipes for pesto and capresse salad!

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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