Pretty enough to be the centerpiece of your patio flowerpot, 'Everleaf Emerald Towers' is true to its name: prolific in leaf growth; deep, emerald, glossy green leaves; and forms an herbal tower. This cultivar holds off flower production up to 12 weeks longer than other types of basil, so you don't have to worry about pinching flowers off to keep your basil producing tender leaves.
Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Native: Probably Africa, but in cultivation for so long that it cannot be verified.
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36″ tall, 8″–12″ wide
Variety Information: Deep green, glossy leaves on a columnar plant, well-branching with short internodes
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Attributes: Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°–85°F. Successive Sowings: We recommend 3 or 4 successive sowings every 3 weeks after initial sowing.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Transplant when your nighttime temperatures are above 50°F.
Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 Days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12″
Row Spacing: 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: Basil flavor is best before the plant flowers. Harvest up to 1/3 of the plant at a time, leaving enough for the plant to be healthy and keep producing. Harvest prior to a freeze; basil is very frost sensitive