Lettuce leaf basil

Very large leaves with a nice subtle basil flavour



Key Facts

lettuce leaf basil
  • Often used for sandwiches, pesto and salads.
  • Very large leaves with a nice subtle basil flavour
  • Easy to grow.
  • Takes about 2 to 3 months to grow
  • Seeds available online – Where to buy lettuce leaf basil seeds


How to grow the Lettuce leaf basil at home

Lettuce leaf basil has been grown for well over 100 years – it’s very easy to grow with a long harvesting season.

You can grow lettuce leaf basil from seeds, and will grow very fast.

How to grow the Lettuce leaf basil outdoors (garden, balcony, etc.)

growing lettuce leaf basil

The lettuce leaf basil prefers direct sunlight, well drained soil and need to be frost free.

If you want to grow them outdoors the easiest option is to sow them in pots March to April and then move them outdoors when there is no danger of frost.

Pinch out the tip of the main stem to encourage bushy grow and prolong growing time.

Alternatively you can sow the seeds indoors (in a seed tray on a seedling heat mat) any time of the year and then transfer them into a pot.

For example the picture on the right shows it after it was sown on 7 July, transferred into a pot on 14 July – the picture was taken 14th August and was ready for harvesting i.e. 2 months from sowing to harvest.

How to grow Lettuce leaf Basil indoors (hydroponics or aquaponics)

Because of the importance of moisture and light the basil is ideally suited for hydroponics with additional lights.

Not only are they easier to grow, but you will also get fast results.

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