Purple is a variety of Basil which is a member of the Ocimum family. Its botanical name is Ocimum basilicum 'Purple'. This variety is an Herb that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Purple is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial).
India is believed to be where Purple originates from.
Purple Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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How to grow Basil 'Purple'
Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching.
Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter.
Growing Purple from seed
Cover with finely sieved compost.Aim to sow 0.12 inches (0.3 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 10°C / 50°F.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Purple about 20 days before your last frost date.
Plant out when frost risk has passed.Purple is half hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.
By our calculations, you should look at planting out Purple about 21 days after your last frost date.
Basil 'Purple' information
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The word basil means “king” in Greek – it is believed to have grown above the spot where St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross.
Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.
Popular varieties of Basil
- Italian Large Leaf
- Dark Opal
- Purple Ruffles
- Red Rubin
- Purple Dark Opal
View the complete variety list for Basil »
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