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Basil, Super Sweet Chen
Tender Annual
Plant Height: 24-30"
Planting Depth: 1/4-1/8"
Soil Temp, Germ: 70-85°F
Days to Germ.: 6-12
Plant Spacing: 8-12"
Days to Maturity: 65-75
Full Sun
Moderate Water


Started Seeds Indoors:
March 30
Growth Begins:
April 11th
Transplanted To Garden:
May 20th
First Harvest:

Basil, Super Sweet Chen     (Ocimum basilicum)
A thinner leafed, very profuse Italian large-leaf type basil. Bright green, glossy, savoyed leaves.
A slow bolting variety with a strong aroma, good flavor and very disease resistant.

Propagation: Start the basil as seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before last frost danger which is normally mid May in Northern Michigan so April 1st is good. You can also plant in garden as seeds in warm soil 1 seed per inch. Keep the seed bed evenly moist during germination after which thin plants to 8 to 12 inches.
Soil & Water: Enrich soil with mature compost. Water moderately and allow for the soil surface to dry between watering. Mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds.
Harvesting: Pick leaves at any time. Harvest entire plant before first frost. Pinch off flowers to prolong harvest. Can be used fresh, dried or frozen.

Basil June 19th
Basil July 3rd

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