Red Rubin | Basil Seed
$5.44 – $26.40 AUD excl gst
Dark purple Italian large-leaf type
- High yields and great flavor
- Flat, 7cm long leaves stand out horizontally and are a copper-tinged purple color
- Height 40-55cm
- 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 20,000 seeds 30g
- Days to maturity: 72
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.
- Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
- Days To Maturity: 72 Days
- Life Cycle: Annual