How many basil plants for a planter (L 60cm, W 18cm, H 18cm) ?

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  1. Aldo

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    I have several basil plants and a few identical tubs.
    The size is 60cm, 18cm deep and wide.
    Would you chance planting more than three per planter?

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    Aldo
     
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    Tricky question. Old fashioned big leaf (genovaise) tall guys or the short wide bushy (Minette) type?
     
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    Good question. It is a mix, actually. I mean, I grew the plants from seed and they are a mix:

    A mixture of flavours
    My hand picked mix of super aromatic varieties to pack maximum flavour punch.

    • Origin: India.
    • One of the worlds best-loved herbs, with a diverse range of flavours.
    • Perform well outdoors even in poor summers.
    • Contains: Mrs Burns Lemon, Thai Sita, Emerald, Dark Opal.
    • Harvest June-October.


    Height:31-40cm

    Spread:21-30cm

    Spacing:21-30cm

    Soil Type:ALL

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    Some look like the typical Italian variety I am used to, which is large, the rest look, well quite varied.
     
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    I keep the regular type in larger pots and pack them in there as they mature quickly and get eaten regularly. The other varieties I keep in small pots, and being an inch person, I use a 4 inch pot for each type simply because I have done so for hear and keep reusing the same pots with good success.. Otherwise the tall eating kind. packem in.

    If you don't have them labeled you'll know from the smell what type they are anyway :)
     
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      Thanks!
      Perhaps I will try four in a planter and the others in single pots, if they do not grow much I will add a few more.
       
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        Good thinking @Aldo . I call the larger herb pot with lots of genovaise basil my "utility" pot. Good looks not required, just give me edibles and seeds for next year. I do let some stalks go to seed since I already know I like the taste and want to grow it again :)
         
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          @CanadianLori We are all very utilitarian over here :)
          I might try and see if I can get some to seed, if I manage enough plants.
           
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