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Basil Culture
[A/70oF/D/7-14/tp,ds,ALF/sun/18-30"]
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).
Medicinal: Basil has been used as a carminative. Research indicates that it may inhibit gastric acid secretion.
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.
Germination: 5-14 days at 70-75o F. Harvest starts about 10 weeks after sowing. Basil is a pick-and-come-again herb which produces well when you pick a few leaves from a number of plants.

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Dark Opal Basil 0.15g

Retail Price: $2.50

(O. basilicum var. purpureum): [Introduced by Univ. of Connecticut, about 1950.] Ornamental dark purple basil used like common basil for seasoning. May have a few green leaves. Beautiful on salads. Pkt. (0.15 g, 111 seeds)
  • Catalog #: 71103

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