It is almost embarrasing, but very often I have problems germinating basil. The nights are still a bit cold but way over frost.
I always cover basil seeds because the gardeningbooks says so, but I have the susicion that this is wrong.
DO basil seeds have to be fresh?
I know basil seeds germinate in warmer soils like 70f or 21c, but I'm sure there are exceptions. If your soil is still cold, that could likely be the reason why you're having difficulty. Try sowing some indoors, they generally germinate rapidly, so they ought to germinate in 5-7 days in warm conditions. Age of seed can matter too. If you've had these basil seeds for years, and are unsuccessful getting them to germinate indoors, you might want to get some fresh ones.
"Study books and observe nature; if they do not agree, throw away the books." ~ William A. Albrecht
Location: cool climate, Blue Mountains, Australia
posted 2 years ago
I now bought seeds from a company which is good. Hope it works. Royston Petrie is an Aussie company.