Unbelievably strong citrus fragrance; perfect for salads, soups and any other dishes requiring a zesty touch. Can even be used to brew into a tea and as an infusion in liquor! Very popular in southeast Asia and Indonesia introduced to the West in the 17th century. Basil is a warm weather annual that thrives in well drained fertile soil in a full or partially shady location where it will get 6-8 hours of sun per day. Basil grows best when it is guaranteed adequate drainage which is why they do best in pots or raised beds. In order to encourage a more branched and bushy plant, prune to just above the second set of leaves after they have produced their first 6 leaves and keep pruning back to their first set when each branch reaches 6-8 leaves. Continue to pinch buds and harvest leaves regularly to encourage new leaf growth. Harvest in the morning when leaves contain the highest concentration of aromatic oils. Ht 20-40cm tall.