Basil, Dark Opal Seeds


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Beautiful lilac flowers with dark red stems. Excellent contrast with green basil. Spectacular as a garnish, in salads, or for adding color to basil vinegars. The leaves have a clove-like spiciness flavor which is a little too strong for pesto but great for almost any basil dish, and it's especially good for vinegars and oils.

How to Grow Dark Opal Basil

  • Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
  • Annual 
  • Days to Maturity: 65 Days
  • Hardiness Zone: 9-11
  • Soil: Ph 5.5- 7.5
  • Temperature: Warmer     
  • Light Preference: Full sun or partial shade
  • Planting:
    • Depth: 1/4"
    • Plant Space: 4-8"
    • Row Spacing: 18"
  • Pests/disease: Slugs, aphids, Japanese beetles
  • Seed Count:
    • 1 oz- Approximately 17,900 seeds
    • 4 oz- Approximately 71,600 seeds
    • 1 lb - Approximately 286,400 seeds

Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and temperature does not drop below 65°F. Can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep plants from bolting. Prefers rich well-drained soil.