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(hardy in zones 11+)
Spectacular basil from Germany.
Has lush green foliage topped by red-purple flowers in late summer and a strong tall upright growth habit. Its sweet-spicy flavour and aroma is delightful and it would be no surprise if this variety becomes the new must-have basil among top chefs and home gourmands. Loved not only for its aroma but also for its exceptional disease and cold tolerance. Reported to yield up to 7 tons of fresh herb per acre. Basil is a warm weather annual that thrives in well drained fertile soil in a full or partially shady location where it will get 6-8 hours of sun per day. Basil grows best when it is guaranteed adequate drainage which is why they do best in pots or raised beds. Ensure good air flow between plants, by adequate spacing as basil is typically susceptible to fungal molds. In order to encourage a more branched and bushy plant, prune to just above the second set of leaves after they have produced their first 6 leaves and keep pruning back to their first set when each branch reaches 6-8 leaves. Continue to pinch buds and harvest leaves regularly to encourage new leaf growth. Harvest in the morning when leaves contain the highest concentration of aromatic oils. Height 60cm/24in.
Propagation prohibited. U.S. patent PP#24587
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