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Basil 'Purple'      

Ocimum basilicum

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Purple is a variety of Basil which is a member of the Ocimum family. Its botanical name is Ocimum basilicum 'Purple'. Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Nadeshiko pink and   Pearly purple and   Palatinate purple. Leaves usually appear in   Purple taupe and   Palatinate purple colour. 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). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

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.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Purple have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Purple

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching. Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter. Likes warm growing conditions – if your climate is cool, place it in the warmest spot in the garden. If this still isn’t warm enough, grow under cloches2. Low NPK requirements2. Does well in containers as small as one gallon (4 litres)2. Put 1 plant per 6-inch pot, or 3 per 12-inch pot

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Purple is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Purple needs a loamy, sandy and silty soil with a ph of 5.1 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).

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.

Transplanting Purple

Plant out when frost risk has passed.

Purple is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 18°C / 64°F.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Purple about 21 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Purple

Pick before flowering 1.

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid summer.

Basil Purple Etymology

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.

Purple folklore & trivia

Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.

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