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Basil Dark Purple Opal

$2.50

Amazing red-purple leaves and stems adds fantastic color to food as a garnish or a seasoning.  Gorgeous foliage and lavender flowers of this plant make a wonderful addition to a vegetable or ornamental garden.

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Amazing red-purple leaves and stems adds fantastic color to food as a garnish or a seasoning.  Purple Opal’s leaves have a sweet, anise-like flavor.  Gorgeous foliage and lavender flowers of this plant make a wonderful addition to a vegetable or ornamental garden.  Leaves can be used to color vinegar red.

Basil – Dark Purple Opal – Ocimum basilicum ‘purpureum’

Soil & Water: Plant in full sun in well-draining soil. Basil does not require fertile soil, however it performs best when organic matter is added. Provide even water throughout development.

Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost, or sow directly once soil temperatures have reached at least 70F. Pinch ends during development for a bushy plant. Basil has a very low germination rate; it is not uncommon to have germination rates of 60%. Sow heavily and thin to the most vigorous seedlings. Basil will not perform below 50F; pot indoors during winter for a year-round supply.

Harvesting & Storage: Regular harvesting will keep production high. Use leaves fresh or frozen. Remove flower stalks to extend harvest. Be sure to make the last harvest prior to first frost.

  • Soil Temperature: 75-85F
  • Planting Depth: 1/4″
  • Germination: 5-10 Days
  • Height At Maturity: 12″-24″
  • Days To Maturity: 75-90 Days
  • Sun/Shade: Full Sun
  • Spacing After Thinning: 8″-10″
  • Approx Seeds per Pack: 200 Seeds

Product image via: Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

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