UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Basil

The Basics

When to plant: Transplant April–June when soil is well warmed and danger of frost is past. To grow from seed, sow seeds indoors six weeks prior to transplant.

Harvest window: Harvest continuously and frequently by picking the young, tender leaves, until frost.

Care overview:

  • Plant in rich, well drained soil in full sun.
  • Water regularly.
  • Harvest frequently to encourage new, tender leaves and to prevent flowering.
  • Pinch off any flowers that do develop to prevent seeds from maturing. 

Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*

See our list of Spring Garden Market Herbs for varieties that we have found perform well here. 

*Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.

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