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Organic Basil Seeds, Dark Opal

Ocimum basilicum
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Distinctive deep purple leaves and pink flowers look stunning in flower beds and pots.  The fragrant leaves have a delicious licorice flavor.  Use it in flavored vinegar, as a garnish or in fresh salads.

  • SKU: 143196
Growing Information Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
7 to 14 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
60-70 days
Best container size
Best
Container Size:
30+ cm (12"+)
Growing height
Growing Height:
30-45 cm (12-18")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Herb
  • Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.175
  • Approximate Seed Count: 90-110
  • Characteristics: low maintenance |easy to grow | container friendly | frost sensitive
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Color: Purple leavs with pink flowers
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Delicious licorice flavor
  • Scent: Licorice
  • Disease Resistance: heat resistant|deer resistant
  • Tolerance: drought tolerant once established
  • Companion Planting: Plant near peppers, tomatoes
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Basil seeds can be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be warmer than 21°C (70°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 3 mm (1/8") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. A hard spray can wash soil away, dislodge seeds and clump them together. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. Do not let the soil dry out, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation and room to grow.

    For an earlier crop, seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist while they establish themselves in their new environment. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 3 mm (1/8")
  • Seed Spacing: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Plant Spacing: 30 cm (12")
  • Row Spacing: 30 cm (12")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
  • Plant Spread: 30 cm (12")
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Basil seeds can be started at anytime for indoor use.
  • To encourage your basil plant to grow full and bushy, simply pinch off the leaves from the top once it has developed two sets of true leaves.
  • In order to prevent the plant from producing seeds and developing a bitter taste, remove the flowering stems by pinching them off about 2.5 cm (1") below the flower.
  • Basil does not have a specific harvesting time. Typically, you can simply pick a few leaves whenever you require them. However, regular harvesting will ensure that your basil plant remains compact and avoids becoming too tall and thin. It will also prevent the plant from producing seeds.

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