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Basil 'Spicy Globe'

Ocimum basilicum

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Spicy Globe is a popular variety of Basil, which belongs to the Ocimum genus (Ocimum basilicum 'Spicy Globe'). It is an Herb and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Spicy Globe 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 Spicy Globe originates from.

Spicy Globe Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally 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 Spicy Globe have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Spicy Globe

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching.
Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter.

Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Spicy Globe is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy, sandy and silty and has a ph of between 6.0 and 7.5 as Basil is a weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing Spicy Globe from seed

Cover with finely sieved compost.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) and sow at a depth of around 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 Spicy Globe about 20 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Spicy Globe

Plant out when frost risk has passed.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Spicy Globe is a half hardy plant.

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

Harvesting Spicy Globe

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Basil Spicy Globe 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.

Spicy Globe folklore & trivia

Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.

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