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Purple Ruffles Basil Seeds

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One of the prettiest basil varieties there is! Introduced in 1984 and later won the AAS award for quality seed growth. The flavor is outstanding, spicy with hints of toasty sweetness. Purple Ruffles Basil grows large 3” deep-violet leaves that develop a jagged, ruffled shape with a deep, dark purple shade that . Plants grow 18” tall as compact bushes, making them perfect for both companion planting and container gardening.

AAS seed winner, and a very easy plant to grow. Purple ruffles is heat tolerant and doesn't typically bolt as fast as other varieties. Can be propagated easily from cuttings to multiply your plants. Basil remains purple when cooked but it is most amazing when eaten fresh. Use just as you would sweet basil.

Makes a striking violet pesto! Get the recipe here.

 

  • Ocimum basilicum
  • Days to Harvest: 50
  • Frost Hardy: no
  • Annual
  • Full Sun: 8-12 hours of Sun
  • Sprouts in 6-10 Days
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-85 Degrees F
  • Seed packet contains a minimum of 150 seeds

Care and Growing Instructions

Sowing Seeds Indoors

Sow basil seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring
Sow basil seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula
Keep the soil evenly moist at 70 degrees F
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
As soon as basil seedlings emerge, provide plenty of natural light on a sunny windowsill or grow under fluorescent light on a 12 hours cycle.
Transplant basil plants in the garden after a period of “hardening”, increasing the seedling’s exposure to sunlight gradually over a one-week period. Seedlings are ready for transplants when they have 3 to 4 true leaves.
Do not expose basil plants or seedlings to frost.

Sowing Seeds Outdoors

Direct sow Basil seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost has passed when the soil temperature is at least 60 degrees F. Basil grows best in fine, well-draining soil of average fertility.
Sow basil seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inches of fine soil.
Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist.
Seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.

Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients. Mulching the growing area helps the soil retain moisture and prevents weed seeds from germinating.
For Purple Basil, an organic mulch of aged bark, weed-seed free straw or shredded leaves is ideal. Mulching has many benefits including added organic matter and fertility as it will improve the soil as mulch breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
Keep basil plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Basil plants should not be allowed to dry out.
Do not harvest too much of the plant at one time as this may weaken the plant.