Purple Petra Basil Seeds


This packet sows up to 120 feet.
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A mild, sweet taste that is perfect for those who love basil's flavor, but shy away from too much herbal spiciness. It's excellent in a variety of dishes, including pesto, pasta, and salads. 'Purple Petra' also makes a lovely pink-tinted vinegar or oil. Grow it as a companion plant for your tomatoes or in other areas of the garden as an ornamental. Try pairing it with 'Lemon Drop' French marigold or Bells of Ireland for vibrant contrast.
$1.99 500 mg

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

Family: Laminaceae

Native: Probably Africa, but in cultivation for so long that it cannot be verified.

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 24" tall, 18"–24" wide

Variety Information: Large, dark reddish-purple glossy leaves with a mild, sweet flavor. Small lavender-blue flower spikes appear in late summer.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°–85°F. Successive Sowings: We recommend 3 or 4 successive sowings every 3 weeks after initial sowing.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Transplant when your nighttime temperatures are above 50°F.

Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 Days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 12"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Harvesting: Basil flavor is best before the plant flowers. Harvest up to 1/3 of the plant at a time, leaving enough for the plant to be healthy and keep producing. Harvest prior to a frost; basil is very frost sensitive.

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Purple Petra Basil Seeds Reviews

4 reviews
A sweet purple
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This purple basil has a pleasant flavor, not sharp like some of the purples can be. Great on Pizza!

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I purchased this and planted indoors according to instruction. It sprouted in a day or two and promptly died. I don't recommend.
Owner Response: We are sorry you had difficulty growing these seeds. It sounds like they possibly experienced damping off (a fungal disease) or over/underwatering. When we experience issues after a seed has germinated it is helpful to look for environmental factors that could be improved since the seed was successful and the growth of the plant depends on environmental factors like light, moisture, soil nutrients, and correct temperatures to photosynthesize and grow. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or to troubleshoot problems like this--we are always happy to help!

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Awesome seeds. My pack is 3 years old and I stored them improperly all last summer sometimes they reached over 100 degrees and they still germinated this year at a 100 percent success rate and they are big beautiful tasty plants now.

A waste of money
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I purchased two basil varieties. I cold not get either to grow starting indoors or out. After several tries, I gave up.
Arthur Hass
Owner Response: Hi Arthur, Thank you for sharing your experience. It looks like you have complaints about a couple of basil seed packets. We would love to talk to you and help you be successful in growing these seeds. Basil needs soil that is 65-85 degrees F and consistent moisture to germinate. Our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards. for germination. A customer service agent will be with you soon to see how we can help.

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