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Herb Basil Red Shiraz

Perfect for pasta and pizza

Makes a striking purple pesto

New red Genovese type with the classic cupped leaf in dark red

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Add a pop of colour as well as a burst of flavour to your plate with basil ‘Red Shiraz’, whose handsome dark purple leaves make the perfect garnish to salads and pizzas and produce magnificent purple pesto! Easy to grow on a windowsill, this aromatic purple basil boasts a warm, spicy taste with a hint of liquorice. Height: 45cm (18in). Spread: 40cm (16in).

Tip: plant basil near tomatoes to improve the flavour of the fruits whilst helping to deter pesky whitefly.


1 x 1 Litre Potted basil plant (KC9213)
3 x 1 Litre Potted basil plant (KC9214)

Grow on in frost free conditions and acclimatise to outside conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12in) apart. Plant into vegetable borders, containers or in the greenhouse/indoors in a sheltered sunny position in well drained, fertile sandy soil. Water moderately taking care to avoid splashing the leaves.
Harvest basil leaves regularly when required to promote fresh new growth and pinch out any flowers that appear to prolong the harvest period. Tear leaves rather than chop, to retain the aroma. Preserve leaves by freezing or steeping in oil. Culinary note: Basil can be dried or frozen for using later on, or added to oils and vinegars for extra flavour.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £5.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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