Packet - Greek Basil, regular seed - not treated and not gmo, heirloom

Greek Basil, regular seed - not treated and not gmo, heirloom

Ocimum basilicum

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Compact bush with tiny leaves, ideal for pot cultivation, patios. Ball shaped habit and cool tolerant. 20-25cm. Heirloom.

Greek basil, often known as "Greek Columnar Basil" or "Greek Yevani Basil," is a specific variety of basil that is associated with Greek cuisine. Here are some key characteristics of Greek basil:

  1. Appearance: Greek basil typically has small to medium-sized leaves that are narrow and somewhat pointed. The plant tends to be more compact and bushy compared to some other basil varieties.

  2. Flavor and Aroma: The flavor of Greek basil is generally sweet and mild. It has a pleasant aroma that is not as pungent as some other basil varieties.

  3. Culinary Use: Greek basil is commonly used in Greek dishes, adding a subtle basil flavor to salads, sauces, and various Mediterranean recipes. It pairs well with tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese.

  4. Growth Habit: One distinctive feature of Greek basil is its columnar or upright growth habit. It often grows in a more compact, vertical manner, making it suitable for container gardening or small spaces.

  5. Cultural Significance: Basil has cultural significance in Greece and is often associated with various traditions and culinary practices. Greek basil is used not only in savory dishes but also in desserts and infusions.

While Greek basil is a specific variety, it's important to note that the term "Greek basil" can sometimes be used more broadly to refer to any basil variety used in Greek cuisine. If you are looking for seeds or plants, you may find them at garden centers or from seed suppliers specializing in herbs. Additionally, for information on whether a specific Greek basil variety is considered heirloom, it's recommended to check with reputable seed sources or horticultural organizations.


Growing basil is relatively easy, and it can be done both indoors and outdoors. Here's a basic guide on how to grow basil:

1. Choose the Right Basil Variety:

  • There are various basil varieties with different flavors, including sweet basil, Genovese basil, Thai basil, and cinnamon basil. Choose a variety that suits your taste and culinary preferences.

2. Starting from Seeds:

  • Start basil from seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. Use a seed-starting mix and plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep.

3. Soil and Container:

  • Basil prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (around 6.0 to 7.0). If planting in containers, use a good-quality potting mix.

4. Location:

  • Basil loves sunlight. Plant it in a location where it receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. If growing indoors, place the pots near a sunny window.

5. Watering:

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the basil when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Be mindful not to let the soil dry out completely.

6. Temperature:

  • Basil prefers warm temperatures. It is sensitive to cold, so wait until the danger of frost has passed before transplanting outdoors. Ideal temperature range for basil is around 70-90°F (21-32°C).

7. Fertilizing:

  • Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks or according to package instructions. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive leaf growth with reduced flavor.

8. Pruning:

  • Pinch or prune the basil regularly to encourage bushier growth. Pinch off the top set of leaves when the plant is about 6 inches tall. This will encourage lateral growth and prevent the plant from becoming too leggy.

9. Harvesting:

  • Harvest basil leaves once the plant has reached a sufficient size. Pinch off the leaves, starting from the top, or use scissors. Regular harvesting promotes more growth.

10. Pests and Diseases:

  • Keep an eye out for pests such as aphids and spider mites. Neem oil or insecticidal soap can be used for control. Basil is generally resistant to most diseases.

Packet 200 seeds