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Small Basil varieties?

Post  dk54321 on 4/8/2017, 7:06 pm

Mel says to plant basil 1 per sq ft for larger plants or 4 per sq ft for smaller. I checked the seed packets at Walmart today, and all the varieties they had recommended thinning to 12", but said you could put 3 plants in a 12" pot. 

I'm looking for smaller varieties to plant in containers on the porch by the kitchen door. Have you grown smaller basil plants? What varieties? Where did you find the plants or seeds? Or do the plants just stay smaller when planted close together? thinking
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/8/2017, 8:13 pm

I have grown spicy globe basil, nice tidy habit.  Small leaves, spicier than usual sweet basil....
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 4/9/2017, 8:08 am

I got a Greek columnar basil from the 50% off table at a local CSA farm last year. It grew pretty well in the top of a strawberry jar/planter. I believe it's similar to or the same as Greek Miniature basil, sometimes called Dwarf Greek basil. It looks like Baker Creek is out of stock. Several other seed companies have it. But if you don't to pay for shipping, you may able to find packets at Home Depot or other local store that carries the organic Burpee seeds.
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Post  sanderson on 4/9/2017, 6:13 pm

If you continually harvest basil, you could fit more than one in. Sort of like toy bok choy or leaf lettuces.

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