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Harvest seed heads: Harvest seed heads: Once seed heads dry on the plant, harvest them and place them in a warm and dry place to finish drying.
Extract seeds: Seeds can be removed from the seed heads by using your fingers to crumble the dried seed heads.
Clean seeds: Separate the seeds from the chaff by winnowing with a fan on a very low setting. It may be easiest to do this over a mesh screen or sheet.
Label and Store: Place in a container and store. Properly stored basil seeds will last up to 5 years.
Basil does best in full or partial sun with warm weather. It is usually ready to harvest within three weeks. This versatile herb is delicious and easy to grow! Enjoy!
Basil is pollinated by insects, meaning that growers looking to save seed need to be conscious of isolation distances in order to preserve seed integrity. Basil will cross with other basil varieties, and requires 150 feet of isolation to prevent crossing.
Sources: http://howtosaveseeds.com/seedsavingdetails.php#basil ; http://www.harvesttohome.com/organic-herbs/basil/
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