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Basil Seeds - Purple Ocimum basilicum

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Packet $5.25
1 Ounce Package $39.95 Notify Me
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  • Annual; Grows up to 16 Inches
  • Attractive dark red leaves and intense flavor
  • Prefers full sun exposure

Product Description

Grow Heirloom Basil - Plant Purple Basil Seeds

Purple Basil is a dark, red-leaved basil that is a wonderful addition to any herb garden. Not only is it useful for adding seasoning to Italian and tomato dishes, it's also aromatic and attractive in the garden. Purple basil can be used in any recipe that calls for sweet basil, but until you have tried it, it is best to use slightly less purple basil - the flavor is more intense than traditional sweet basil.

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  • Fast Facts

    Name:Basil Seeds - Purple
    Botanical Name:Ocimum basilicum
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Light Requirement:Full Sun
    Planting Season:Spring
    Plant Type:Purple, Upright bush with large green leaves
    Features:Container Garden, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Indoor, Outdoor, Fast Growing, Culinary, Deer Resistant
    Days to Maturity:60-90 Days
    Plant Spacing:10 inches
    Planting Depth:1/4 inch
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow, Start Indoors
    Cold Stratification:No
    Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    Growing Basil in Your Garden

    Many herb-loving gardeners grow basil in vegetable beds and in pots around the kitchen door, where they’re easy to pinch for cooking and hard to forget to water. 

    When & How to Plant Basil Seeds

    Basil is a tender annual that cannot survive through frost. Plant your basil seeds outdoors directly into your garden after all danger of frost has passed. Or, if you want a head start, plant basil seeds indoors as early as 6 weeks before the last frost and then plant out after you've hardened off your seedlings and the weather has warmed. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day and preferably in an area sheltered against cold winds. Keep in mind that basil leaves can be used in your daily culinary endeavors, so keep your plantings in reach or at least in a garden close to your kitchen.

    Growing Guide for Basil

    Basil prefers a position in your garden in full sun and thrives best in rather poor, gravelly, and well-drained soil. When grown in rich garden beds, they make more luxuriant vegetative growth but lose much of their fragrance and flavor. Basil is easily damaged by cold weather and will be killed by frost. Basil can tolerate very warm weather. Begin working your soil right after the last frost. Till the area or rake to loosen the soil and amend with either organic compost or well-rotted manure to add good drainage to the soil.

    Sow basil seed ¼” deep; thin successful plants to 8 inches apart or more depending on the variety. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart.

    Keep your basil soil moist for quick growth, but do not overwater. It is best to mulch around the base of the plant to aide in moisture retention and to deter weeds.

    Foliar feeding basil plants with a spray of compost tea or liquid seaweed extract twice during the growing season will give the plants the nutrients and protection it needs.

    Basil makes a wonderful bedfellow with tomatoes and peppers to enhance their growth.

    Harvesting Basil

    Keep your basil plants around the kitchen door where they’re easy to pinch for cooking and adding to salads. With herbs, especially basil, using them regularly is a form of maintenance – the more you pinch, the more they grow.

    The most favorable time for cutting is early in the morning after the dew has dried and before the plants have been touched with hot midday sun. Cut just as the flowers are about to open, it is at this stage that the essential oils are the most abundant.

    Preparing for Planting Basil Next Season

    Since Basil will be killed by any touch of frost, gardeners can prolong its life-span by transplanting basil plants into containers and moving them into a warm, sunny location indoor. Basil will do best near a south-facing window. If you live in USDA Zone 9 or above you can keep your basil growing outdoors year-round.

  • Seed Coverage

    AmountRecommended Coverage
      
    PacketUp to 30 Sq. Ft
    Ounce PackageUp to 150 Sq. Ft
    1/4 Pound PackageUp to 600 Sq. Ft
    1 Pound SackUp to 2,500 Sq. Ft
    5 Pound SackUp to 12,500 Sq. Ft

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The basil seeds seem to have a very good germination rate. I have lots of babies on my window sill! Shipping was very fast. I appreciate your service.

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