- USDA hardiness zones:
- Days to maturity:
- 62 - 65
Branched, 10- to 18-inch-tall plants with 1 1/2-inch, olive-green leaves with purple veining, white flowers. Sweet basil taste and fragrance. Resistant to fusarium. Dani type. All American Selection 2002
- Pinch out centers to encourage busy growth. As the first frost date approaches, cut and root in water to sustain kitchen plantings for the winter.
Seed may be sown straight in the garden after danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up about ¼ inch ( 5 mm) deep, or start indoors six weeks prior to expected last frost date to get an earlier start. Space or thin to 10 to 24 inches (25 to 60 cm), more space being better for getting compact bushier plants. After 6 weeks pinch out the main shoot to encourage branching and lateral growth while inhibiting early flowering. Flower stalks should be removed as they appear. Mulching will help maintain constant moisture in the soil. At the end of the season be sure to harvest plants completely before temperature reaches 40 F (4.5 C) .
Size and growth:
- No data available
Bloom / flowers:
- Various colors
Warm season Sow seeds in early spring ( last frost plus 3 to 4 weeks)
Traditionally this plant was found growing at Christ's tomb after the Resurrection (Easter); as a result, in Mediterranean cultures it is used to prepare holy water. In India it is believed to be divine and it is witness to court-sworn oaths. Basil is a key ingredient in pesto and is frequently paired with tomatoes.
Frost sensitive. Attach by Japanese Beetles desiccates and skeletonizes the plant. Best to control insect through inspection and hand removal.