BASIL Purple Ruffles
Annual - One Season Plant - Height 12 to 18 inches
An All-American Award Winner prized for its ornamental value as well as being a delectable herb. Its leaves are a glossy dark purple, sometimes with splashes of green on its fringed ruffled leaves. Leaves are very aromatic and can be used fresh or dried in a wide variety of ethnic recipes. Approximately 85 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds outdoors after danger of frost has passed, or start seeds indoors in flats or pots. Cover seed with 1/8 inch fine soil.
SPACING: Leave about 12 to 18 inches between rows or use in group plantings.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant seedlings when about 2 inches tall, to 8 to 10 inches apart. Transplant indoor started seedlings after danger of frost has passed.
GERMINATION: 2 to 3 weeks depending upon weather and soil conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Plants make a colorful/ addition to flower gardens and grow well in containers. Basil grow best in a sunny location in rich, moist well drained soil. Pinch back plants to encourage bushiness and to harvest small amounts as plants grow. Use leaves fresh or dry them in a well ventilated room.