Basil

Basil 'Purple Ruffles'

Basil - Basil  'Purple Ruffles'

Common Name: Basil
Genus: Basil
Cultivar: 'Purple Ruffles'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: TenderHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: Purple

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Position: Full sun sheltered and warm or a sunny windowsill
  • Sow: April -June
  • Harvest: July onwards

Decorative as well as tasty and nutritious, the dark purple leaves of this herb have a fringed edge and quilted appearance. Ideal for adding contrasting colour to the kitchen garden they look wonderful when added to salads or used as a garnish. Pick plants over regularly to prevent bolting (running to seed) and to encourage lots of fresh young leaves.

Growing Instructions: Sow seeds into pots of free-draining seed compost on a warm sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse from late spring. Protect seedlings from slugs and cold and keep well-watered as they grow. Plant out into the herb garden or into roomy pots or troughs from early summer after all threat of frost has passed allowing 15-20cm between plants. Pick plants over regularly and remove any developing flowerheads immediately to prevent bolting (running to seed) and to encourage lots of fresh young leaves.


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