Approximately 50 Seeds
Large, glossy, dark purple-bronze leaves make this herb very ornamental as well as flavourful. Excellent contrast with green basil, spectacular as a garnish, in salads, or for adding to basil vinegars. Attractive also in the border for yellow or gold flowers. Annual.
Days to Germination: 7-21
Days To Harvest: 60
Planting Depth: 1/16-1/8 inch (not very deep)
Spacing, Row: 12-18 inches
Spacing, Plant: 8-10 inches
Light: Full Sun (or Partial Shade)
- Sow in a location with full sun (or Partial Shade) outdoors after all danger of frost and when it is warm. Basil can be planted outside from early-spring through mid-summer.
- For earlier plants start seeds indoors in flats 4 to 6 weeks before last frost and set plants outside when it is warm, after all danger of frost. Cover seed with 1/16 to 1/8 inch fine soil. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
- Thin or transplant when at least 2 inches tall to approximately 8-10 inches apart. Indoors, transplant seedlings to individual pots and set plants outside when it is warm and after all danger of frost.
- Harvest leaves continually to encourage new growth. Use pruned leaves or harvested plants fresh or dry them in a warm, airy place.
- If you practice companion planting, plant basil near tomatoes and peppers to enhance their growth