Amethyst Improved | Basil Seed
$6.00 – $146.87 AUD excl gst
The only purple Genovese type basil
- Large 5-7cm wide, turned-down leaves
- This stunning basil is nearly black in colour
- Height 40-50cm
- Edible Flowers: Use the flowers in any recipe that calls for basil, or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta, and desserts
- Flavour is of intense basil
- Average 16,000 seeds 30g
- Days to maturity; 74
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ocimum spp.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5-10 days at 18-21C.
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Plant seeds 6mm deep, 2-3 seeds per inch, in rows 45cm apart. Firm the soil over the seeds. Thinning is not necessary, but a final spacing of 10-20cm apart produces healthy, full plants. Note: Holy Basil requires some light for germination, so sow more shallowly than other basils. Transplant: Sow indoors 6 weeks prior to setting out. Plant 6mm deep and keep at 21C for best germination. Transplant to the field when seedlings have 3-4 sets of leaves, spacing at 10-20cm apart in rows 45cm apart.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Moderately rich, moist soil. Basil is not drought tolerant and can be damaged by heat stress. Regular moisture throughout the growing season helps to ensure a good crop.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies. See the product description for exact heights.
PLANT SPACING: 10-20cm.
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Begin light harvesting after plants have become established. It is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler and the leaves are less likely to wilt. A full harvest should be completed just before the plants start to flower. Cut the entire plant 10-15cm above the ground to promote a second growth. Leaves are easily bruised when picking, so handle carefully. Do not store at a temperature less than 10C.
PELLETED SEED: If using pelleted seed, we recommend consistent soil moisture during the germination period. Pelleted seed must be kept cool and dry prior to planting, and should be used within one year of purchase.
- Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
- Days To Maturity: 74 Days