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Basil - Dark Purple Opal - Ocimum basilicum 'purpureum'
Annual Purple Opal's striking red-purple leaves and stems add color to food as either a garnish or a seasoning, and colors vinegar red. Purple Opal's leaves have a sweet, aniselike flavor. The beautiful foliage and lavender flowers of this plant also make a wonderful addition to the ornamental garden.
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.
Did You Know? Basil is rich in vitamin K and beta-carotene, natural anti-inflammatory ingredients.
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: 250 Seeds
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply brand vegetable seeds from packs are guaranteed to germinate. Once the seeds have sprouted, please understand that Peaceful Valley cannot be held responsible for the many uncontrollable growing and climatic conditions that must be met to insure the success of your crop(s).
Peaceful Valley brand vegetable seeds are all non-GMO and Certified Organic.
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Not as strong as the green basil varieties--That's why I love this variety.Review by weatherman (on 7/28/13)
grew this last year and loved it -gonna plant more this year so I can utilize it more in dishesReview by bboy (on 1/11/13)
This was a nice basil. I got good germination and the flavor was excellent. The unique purple color was a great addition to the garden.Review by Stephanie (on 12/17/12)