Organic Red Rubin Basil (Ocimum basilicum) - The most consistent and high yielding deep purple basil out there. This is a spicier variety than the mild sweet basils.
Days to Harvest: 60-80
- Plant seeds 1/4" deep, 2-3 seeds per inch. Space 4-8" for transplants.
- Grows to about 18-24" tall.
- Basil has a lower germination rate than many seeds, averaging just 60%. Fortunately, our seed packets contain many more seeds than you'll need.
- To get a jump on the basil season, you can start your basil seeds indoors, 3 to 4 weeks before planting time. Put 4 to 6 seeds in a pot. Once the seedlings have their first set of true leaves, thin to 1 or 2 plants per pot. Basil transplants well, but the plants will appreciate being protected from wind and sun for the first several days.
- Basil has a lower germination rate than many seeds, averaging just 60%. Fortunately, our seed packets contain many more seeds than you'll need. Basil is a hot weather plant and is very susceptible to frost damage. Seeds and plants should not be put into the ground until the soil is warm (65 to 70 degrees) and the weather has settled. Even a cool, 50 degree night will slow down the plant's growth for some time afterward
- Full sun. Water frequently.
- Slightly puckered, 3 inches copper-tinged, purple leaves produce fine traditional flavor and aroma as well as beautiful lavender flowers.
- Basil is a hot weather plant and is very susceptible to frost damage. Even a cool, 50 degree night will slow down the plant's growth for some time afterward.
- Basil prefers growing in a lightly moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil that contains lots of organic matter (like compost!). Like most herbs, basil is not a heavy feeder, so there is no need to add any fertilizer to the soil around your plants. Basil is a good companion for tomatoes as it will tolerate being shaded as the tomato plant matures.
- To get the highest yield of tender and flavorful basil leaves, pinch back the tip of each branch, starting in early summer when the plants are just 6 inches tall. Continue pinching back the branches (as you harvest the leaves), pinching off any flowers that start to form. If the plant is not allowed to flower and set seed, it should continue producing high quality leaves right up to frost.
- Red Rubin is an outstanding culinary or ornamental variety.
Most of the general information provided is from the Vegetable Encyclopedia at www.gardeners.com, with additional facts provided by your friends at Seattle Seed Company.