Sown in the greenhouse. Grew very easily. Still going into November.
DARK OPAL was developed in the 50′s at the University of Connecticut (thank you Wikipedia). Mine isn’t as dark as Red Rubin. There are hints of green and a few of the seedlings came up plain green. It is definitely more of a uniform colour than Purple Ruffles. The taste is fairly strong and the seedlings seem sturdy. It is very pretty – but I think that I like the Red Rubin better for taste & looks so far. The purple in basils is from anthocyanins, the same thing that tomato breeders are working with to create “blue” tomatoes! I think that I am going to try working with basil crosses next year. I am just hoping to save seed from all of the favourites this year!
nickyn's Basil 'Opal' Care Instructions
If you would like to sow this plant directly, try 0.12 inches (0.3 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 0.5 inches (1.27 cm).
Basil 'Dark Opal' normally tends to reach to a mature height of 45.0 cm [imperial: 1.46 feet] so ensure you have enough space in your garden for this plant.
Your garden has full sun light which is ideal for Basil 'Dark Opal'.
Your garden has combination soil: planting in loam soil will ensure your plant thrives.
Remember to water moderately.
Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.0 and 7.5 as Basil 'Dark Opal' likes to be in acidic to alkaline soil.
More information about Basil 'Opal' is available in the Folia gardener's wiki. All Basil 'Opal' Care Instructions have been kindly provided by our members.
04 May 2012
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