Savor the sweet life! Ideal for containers, this unique blend of basils is designed to provide exquisite culinary delights in your kitchen, color and form to your garden, and texture and scent for your floral arrangements. Includes equal parts of cinnamon, Genovese, lemon, lime, large leaf, and 'Dark Opal' basils.
• Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum, O. x africanum
• Family: Laminaceae
• Native: O. basilicum (cinnamon, genovese, large leaf, 'Dark Opal'): Probably Africa, but in cultivation for so long that it cannot be verified. O. x africanum (lemon, lime): Asia and Africa
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 18"–30" tall
• Variety Information: CINNAMON: 24"–30" tall; looks like sweet basil but with red stems and pink flowers. Has a cinnamon fragrance and very sweet flavor. Use in fruit salads, jellies, and in fresh and dried flower arrangements. GENOVESE: 18"–24" tall; large leaf green basil with spicy flavor and fragrance; this is the true Italian pesto basil from the Genoa area of Italy, the pesto capital of the world. LEMON: 18" tall; small leaves, with a strong lemon fragrance and flavor. Nice in vinegar and complements dishes with a lemon base. LIME: 18" tall; dark green, shiny leaves; sweet lime aroma with citrus flavor for memorable flavored oils and sauces. Use in desserts such as a delicious lime basil sorbet. LARGE LEAF: 18"–24" tall, 10" wide. Medium dark-green leaves and a sweet, "all-around" basil. 'DARK OPAL': 24" tall, purple leaves with mild, sweet flavor just right for pesto, pasta, and salad; makes a lovely pink vinegar or oil. A beautiful addition to any garden.
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Attributes: Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°–85°F. Successive Sowings: We recommend 3 or 4 successive sowings every 3 weeks after initial sowing.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Transplant when your nighttime temperatures are above 50°F.
• Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 Days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"
• Row Spacing: 12"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"
• Harvesting: Basil flavor is best before the plant flowers. Harvest up to 1/3 of the plant at a time, leaving enough for the plant to be healthy and keep producing. Harvest prior to a frost; basil is very frost sensitive.