Ocimum basilicum ‘Dark Opal’
It’s practically impossible to get fed up with basil. But when you’re looking for some change, try the decorative purple version. It has pretty, glossy leaves with almost a royal color that gets darker when the plant matures. Try stopping a few shoots to a bottle of home-made vinaigrette. When infusing, they’ll give dressing a pretty ruby shade. The eye-catching purple leaves of Dark Opal basil will turn an ordinary fruit salad to a glorious dessert – and your ordinary bath to a refreshing soak fit for a queen or a king.
Basil Dark Tips and Tricks
- Basils germinate quite fast, in 5 to 6 days, and then continue growing slowly, but the growth speeds up about one month from sowing
- Pinch off the tops of the plants when they are 3 weeks old, then you can also start harvesting some of the biggest leaves
- Harvest by picking some of the biggest leaves and also young tops, then the plants will become bushier and the smaller plants receive more light
- If the plants become too tall, you can cut them at the halfway or even lower
- Recommended growing time is 6 to 8 weeks