Research and industry experts discuss basil downy mildew, disease management, and tracking, and the latest in breeding innovations, including the new Prospera DMR.
Learn how to prevent, recognize, manage, report, and control basil downy mildew (Peronospora belbahrii), from the research team at Johnny's Selected Seeds.
Key Growing Information

Basil | Key Growing Information

Written by our research team, this reference contains the essential information for growing basil from seed, from sowing indoors or direct-seeding, germination, transplanting and spacing, to soil and temperature requirements, culture, and harvesting. Read more for a successful harvest!
Overview and recommendations for common basil pests and diseases, cultural prevention and management, and recommended treatments, from Johnny's research and trialing team.
A downloadable, printable, full-color PDF version of our Basil Comparison Chart, including part numbers, varieties, days to harvest, height, seed options, disease resistances, growing applications, and uses.
Learn how adding a variety of plant materials to your floral menu — ornamental grasses, herbs, berries, and structurally unique vegetables — can help create more distinctive, fragrant, and elegant dried-flower arrangements.
An illustrated reference to edible flower bloom size, flavor profile, suggested uses, and variety recommendations from Johnny's flower research and trialing team.
For experienced vegetable farmers looking to expand into commercial cut-flower production, as well as the more casual — yet entrepreneurial — gardener exploring ways to create a tidy income stream on the side, these personal narratives from expert farmers around the nation introduce our top-15 choices for getting started in cut flowers. Remember to take notes as you create your seed lists!
Learn how 5 flower farmers from across the U.S. are successfully adapting to heat, drought, and the extreme weather events of a changing climate.
Most basil types and varieties can perform well in container production and/or hydroponic systems, but which ones will perform best for you? With a few facts in hand, you'll be prepared to match your system to the best varieties. Here's help getting your container and/or hydroponic basil production off to a successful start.
Download a full-color, print-friendly, PDF version of our Hydroponic & Container Basil Guide. This brochure prints on 4 single-sided sheets of 8.5x11" paper, or on two, double-sided sheets. Refer to our accompanying Hydroponic & Container Basil Comparison Chart for more information.
Use our comparison charts to compare and contrast distinguishing features of basil varieties for container and hydroponic production. Characteristics include type, variety, description, recommendation, disease resistances, benefits, drawbacks, common uses, and seed forms offered, along with full-color images and links to additional information.