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Red Opal  Basil Seedlings -  from Organic Certified Seeds

Red Opal Basil, also known as Purple Basil, is a unique and visually appealing basil variety with distinct characteristics. Here's an overview of its features and growing requirements:


Color: The most notable feature of Red Opal Basil is its vibrant, deep purple or burgundy leaves. The color intensifies as the plant matures.

Flavor: Red Opal Basil has a sweet and slightly spicy flavor, similar to that of traditional sweet basil. It is commonly used in culinary applications for its distinctive taste and aesthetic appeal.

Size and Growth Habit: This basil variety typically grows to a height of 12 to 18 inches. It has a bushy growth habit with small to medium-sized leaves.

Growing Methods:

Soil: Red Opal Basil thrives in well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. A rich, fertile soil with organic matter is beneficial.

Planting: Start Red Opal Basil from seeds indoors and transplant them outdoors once the risk of frost has passed. Plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and provide adequate spacing (12-18 inches) between plants.

Container Gardening: Red Opal Basil can also be grown successfully in containers, making it suitable for small spaces or balconies. Ensure the container has good drainage.

Ideal Temperatures and Climate:

Temperature: Red Opal Basil prefers warm temperatures. It thrives in temperatures between 70-90°F (21-32°C).

Climate: This basil variety does well in both sunny and partially shaded locations. However, it tends to develop more intense coloration in full sun.

Harvesting Period: You can start harvesting Red Opal Basil once the plant has reached a height of 6-8 inches. Harvesting is typically done by pinching off the tips of the branches, encouraging bushier growth. Regular harvesting will promote a more robust and productive plant.

Watering Preferences:

Watering Frequency: Basil plants generally prefer consistently moist soil. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Avoid Waterlogging: Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging, as basil plants are susceptible to root rot in overly wet conditions.

Light Preferences:

Sunlight: Red Opal Basil thrives in full sun to partial shade. Aim for at least 6 hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth and color development.

Indoor Growing: If growing indoors, provide bright light through a sunny window or use supplemental grow lights.

By following these guidelines, you can successfully grow and enjoy the unique characteristics of Red Opal Basil in your garden or indoor space.

Red Opal Basil Seedlings - from Organic Certified Seeds

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