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Basil – Red Rubin Purple – Heirloom Seeds

R32.00 incl VAT

The leaves and small purple flowers of the Red Rubin basil cultivar make it a basil appreciated for its ornamental qualities as well as its rather sweet flavour. Compact plant of approximately 30 cm height, it can be cultivated in full ground or in pot. In kitchen, one uses it like the other varieties of basil.

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Germination conditions:

  • depth of sowing: 2.5 mm or on the surface (no covering of soil)
  • optimal temperature for germination: 18 to 22ºC
  • time for germination: 7 to 21 days

When to sow:

  • indoor sowing 4 to 6 weeks before the last date in your area OR
  • direct seedling after any risk of frost, when the soil is warm

Sowing technique: in pocket

Inside the same hole, sow 3 to 5 seeds spaced 1 to 2 cm apart; when the seeds have germinated and the seedlings have reached a height of 5 cm, keep all the plants if space is available or keep only the best plants.

  • for indoor seedlings: transplant into individual containers while waiting for transplanting in the garden OR
  • for direct seedlings: transplant to their final location in the garden

Transplanting outdoors (for seedlings started indoors):

  • When all risk of frost is removed

Distance in the garden:

  • between plants: 25 cm
  • between rows: 45 cm

Height of the plants: 30 cm

Soil: rich and well drained

Exposure: sun

Days to harvest (from sowing): 60 days, but younger leaves can be harvested (after +/- 30 days). To stimulate the branching of the plant and delay the flowering, harvest the basil shoots by pinching the heads of the stems with your fingers.

Weight 0.01 kg
Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 cm

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