Basil Culture: Annual. Germination: 5-14 days, 70-75°F. Harvest starts about 10 weeks after sowing. Basil is a pick-and-come-again herb which produces well when heavily picked. Grows best in well-drained rich soil. Sensitive to frost. Direct sow after all danger of frost, or start indoors 4 weeks before last frost. Lightly cover seed (no more than two times the depth of the seed).
Spacing: In flats space seeds ½” apart. Thin to 2” apart and transplant in 3-4 weeks. Direct sow 3-4 seeds every 12”. Thin to one plant when plants have 4 leaves.
Medicinal: Basil has been used as a carminative. Research indicates that it may inhibit gastric acid secretion.

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Dark Opal Basil 0.15 g

Retail Price: $2.50

(var. purpureum) [1962, AAS winner] Ornamental dark purple basil used like common basil for seasoning. May have a few green leaves. Beautiful in salads. Pkt (0.15 g, 111 seeds)
  • Catalog #: 71103

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