Basil Purple Petra Organic Seeds

Basil Purple Petra Organic Seeds

Ocimum basilicum

Item #6093

Annual. A mild sweet taste that is nice for those of us who love basil’s flavor, but shy away from too much herbal spiciness. Excellent for a variety of Italian dishes — pesto, pasta, and salads; makes a lovely pink colored vinegar or oil. Grow as a companion plant for your tomatoes, or in other areas of the garden as an ornamental. Try pairing with Marigold Dwarf Lemon Drop or Bells of Ireland for eye-popping color.

This packet plants four 9-foot rows or 4 successive sowings of 9-foot rows.



Annual

Full sun

24” tall
18”-24” wide

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1/4”

Seed Spacing:
A group of 4
seeds every
6”-12”

Thinning:
When 2” tall,
thin to 1
every 6”-12”


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when temperatures are warm. Basil is very sensitive to frost.

When to start inside: 6 to 8 weeks before planting outside.

Special sowing instructions: Easy to grow from seed. Wait to plant until nighttime temperatures are above 50° F.

Harvesting: Basil should be harvested before the plant flowers. The leaves have more flavor when harvested in the morning. The young, top leaves taste the best, and should be used fresh; the older leaves may be used for vinegar and pesto. Cut a few stems but never more than 1/3 of the plant. Wash stems, gently shake dry, and strip the leaves off the stem. If there is any chance of temperature dropping to 32° F, harvest crop immediately; basil is very frost sensitive.

Artist: Donna Clement



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