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Basil 'Purple Petra'   

Ocimum basilicum

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Purple Petra is part of the Ocimum genus and is a Basil variety. Its scientific name is Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Petra'. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Palatinate purple and   Pansy purple colour.

Mild sweet taste, excellent for a variety of Italian dishes: pesto, pasta and salads. It will also make a lovely pink colored vinegar or oil. Great companion plant for tomatoes.2

A type of Herb, it mainly grows as an Annual/Perennial plant - which means it typically can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several. Purple Petra is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial). Expect blooming to occur in mid summer.

Typically, Purple Petra Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

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

How to grow Purple Petra

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Purple Petra likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Purple Petra is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Purple Petra are Zone 4 and Zone 10. Purple Petra requires a loamy, sandy and silty soil with a ph of 5.5 - 7.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil to neutral soil.

Growing Purple Petra from seed

Plant seeds shallow as it is easier to germinate that way.

Ensure a distance of 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.12 inches (0.3 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Purple Petra about 20 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Purple Petra

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Purple Petra is a tender plant.

Harvesting Purple Petra

Basil must be harvested by cutting stems at inter-node points, rather than plucking leaves if it is to remain bushy and full. Purple basil requires lots of warmth – even more than green basils.1

Other Names for Basil 'Purple Petra'





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