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Basil 'Red Rubin'   

Ocimum basilicum

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Red Rubin is a variety of Basil which is a member of the Ocimum family. Its botanical name is Ocimum basilicum 'Red Rubin'. Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Lavender gray. Leaves usually appear in   Tyrian purple colour.

Red Rubin is an variety of large leaf basil that produces deep red-purple leaves. It tends to have a stronger flavour than most other sweet basils, and its usual colour makes it an interesting addition to any herb or ornamental garden. Produces light pink flowers in the summer. Great for use in salads and garnishes.

Red Rubin is an improved variety of Dark opal basil

An annual, so it will last but a year in its native climate. Red Rubin 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 thought to be the country of origin for Red Rubin.

Red Rubin 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 Red Rubin have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Red Rubin

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

  • Pinch or cut the leaves off as required, but always from the top. Try to thin out to keep only the strongest plants.
  • If growing Basil in containers or indoor pots then add a small amount of fertilizer every month or so.
  • Water every week (more often if growing in outdoor containers or indoors).
  • When watering, make sure to water at the base of the plant avoiding showering the leaves and stems.
Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Red Rubin is generally regarded as a half hardy plant, so it will need protecting in periods of cold weather. As a rough idea of the types of climates Red Rubin does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 4 and 10. Red Rubin needs a loamy, sandy and silty soil with a ph of 6.0 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Red Rubin from seed

Red Rubin basil needs to be grown in full sun in warm, well-drained soil – sprinkle a thin amount of seed in your container or garden bed then cover thinly with finely sieved compost and keep the soil moist but not water logged.

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 Red Rubin about 20 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Red Rubin

All basils, including Red Rubin are tender annuals which are easy to grow, but are very susceptible to cold weather. They should be planted in late spring after all danger of frost is past. Can be grown in containers in full sun.

Red Rubin 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 Red Rubin about 21 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Red Rubin

Try to harvest leaves before any flowering occurs, or they will taste bitter.

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

Basil Red Rubin 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.

Red Rubin folklore & trivia

Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.

Latest Basil 'Red Rubin' Reviews

  • A great deep purple basil with intense flavor. Very easy to start from seed, but be careful to make sure it gets good sun, or it can go to green. Too intense for me in pesto, perfect in caprese.

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    greyslate about growing Basil, 'Red Rubin'
  • I can’t recommend this enough. It has all the glorious basil flavour with bonus deep plum to black leaf colour that makes it a gorgeous ornamental and a beautiful addition to salads.

    5 stars

    angelchrome about growing Basil 'Red Rubin'

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