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Ocado British Growing Basil Pot

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3.9 out of 5 (84)

60 out of 84 customers would recommend this product to a friend.

life 3 days guaranteed (avg. 4)*

Suitable for vegetarians

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Product Description

The king of herbs, basil is the most popular of the Mediterranean herbs with its lush green leaves and pungent flavour reminiscent of Italian cooking.

Pick tender leaves from the plant to adorn your caprese salad, or chop and mix with olive oil for a fantastic pesto sauce for your pasta, magnifico!

Serving Suggestion
Caprese Salad - Place alternate slices of mozzarella and beef tomato on a plate, sprinkle basil leaves over and drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper.
Pesto - Combine pine nuts, basil, grated parmesan, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and blend. Stir into your favourite pasta.

The best way to look after basil is to let the plant tell you it needs watering, as it will start to wilt. The plants will quickly spring back up and the stress will actually increase the oil content they are producing, improving the flavour. It is also important not to water the plants too soon before harvesting the leaves, as this will dilute the flavour. Basil is highly susceptible to chill (below 10°C) or cold draughts - the leaves will start to blacken.

Product Information





Do not refrigerate, wash before use.

Growing herbs are 'cut as you need', harvest just above leaf growth to encourage the plant to re-grow.

Watering the herbs from the bottom is the key to keeping them healthy and to prolonging their life. Your herbs have always been watered from below so by keeping to this regime you will extend the life of the plant.

Remove the herb pots from their sleeves and place the pots on a saucer. By placing water at the bottom of the tray you can always see how much water your plants have taken up. As most herbs originate from hot countries they like to be kept on the dry side. The more heat and light they are exposed to, the more frequently they will need watering. Generally water little and often and never keep your plant in standing water.


1. Pick leaves as required.
2. Wash before use.
3. Tear or chop.
4. Add at the end of cooking for maximum flavour.

Country of Origin

Our growing herbs are British grown all year round


Produced and packed for:

Ocado Retail Ltd.,
AL10 9NE,


Package Type

Plastic Sleeve

Other Information

Ocado Growing Herbs come in a specially designed outer carton to prevent damage during transit.


Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5

84 customers reviewed this product Average rating 3.9

60 out of 84 customers would recommend this product to a friend.

Rating: 1 star out of 5

Poor quality

I bought one of these earlier in the year and it did really well, I repotted it and it lasted for ages. However, the one I bought more recently shrivelled and died within the first couple of weeks even though I kept it inside it the warm. I guess it is not good for profits if they are too health and last!

Rating: 1 star out of 5

Last two plants purchased were very disappointing

I've been buying them for ages and always pleased as lasted a long time. Last two have been a waste of money - one shrivelled and died within two days; the other looked oddly short and squat on delivery and also made an early exit.

Rating: 5 star out of 5

Lasts for ages. Tastes great.

Ocado reliably informs me I bought this pot of basil on 18th July, it is now 23rd September, so over 9 weeks later, and it has been used in many meals in our household and is almost twice as big as it was to begin with. I am not very good with live plants, but basil 'wilts' to show me it's thirsty and is revived by small doses of water. Such great value and it has encouraged us to eat a lot of fresh salads this summer.

Rating: 5 star out of 5

Great basil, still alive and well

The basil arrived with lovely leaves and aroma and I've been following the instructions to look after it and it's still doing well after a couple of months. I've just repotted it as the roots were really trying to grow out of the little pot so the basil seems to be thriving on my windowsill.

Rating: 5 star out of 5

Excellent produce, better than the garden centres

Cheaper than the garden centres these herb plants are top quality and generous in size. They arrive well packaged.


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Life guarantee
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