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Large, glossy, dark purple-bronze leaves make this herb very ornamental as well as flavourful.

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ITALIAN BASIL – VIOLETTO PICTORIAL PACKET Large, glossy, dark purple-bronze leaves make this herb very ornamental as well as flavourful. Excellent contrast with green basil, spectacular as a garnish, in salads, or for adding to basil vinegars. Attractive also in the border for yellow or gold flowers. Annual.This seed is supplied in premium pictorial packets direct from Italy.

Cultivation Advice 

  • Plant Italian Basil – Violetto after the last frost date in spring when the soil has warmed up. It thrives in warm weather and requires at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.
  • Choose a location with well-draining soil and ample sunlight. Basil prefers a warm and sheltered spot.
  • Italian Basil – Violetto grows best in well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (around 6.0 to 7.0). Incorporate organic matter like compost into the soil before planting for improved fertility.
  • Ensure the soil is loose and friable for healthy root development.
  • Sow Italian Basil – Violetto seeds directly into the garden bed or start them indoors in seed trays. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep in the soil or follow packet instructions.
  • Transplant seedlings outdoors after the last frost or space them approximately 8-12 inches apart.
  • Italian Basil – Violetto loves full sun and requires adequate sunlight for optimal growth. Ensure it receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.
  • Water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Basil prefers even moisture and does not tolerate standing water.
  • Thin seedlings to maintain appropriate spacing, ensuring mature plants have enough room to grow without crowding.
  • Basil is a light feeder. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost at planting time and again during the growing season to provide essential nutrients.
  • Apply mulch around Italian Basil – Violetto plants to retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weed growth.
  • Regularly remove weeds to prevent competition for nutrients and water.
  • Pinch or prune the tops of basil stems regularly to encourage bushier growth. This also delays flowering and prolongs leaf production.
  • Harvest basil leaves by snipping them from the plant as needed. Regular harvesting encourages new growth and prevents the plant from becoming leggy.
  • Italian Basil – Violetto leaves are ideal for culinary purposes. Use them fresh or dried in salads, pasta, sauces, pesto, and as a garnish for their unique flavor and vibrant color.

By following these steps and caring for your Italian Basil – Violetto plants with proper sunlight, well-draining soil, and occasional pruning, you can enjoy a continuous supply of aromatic purple basil leaves for various culinary delights. Adapt these guidelines based on your specific climate and gardening conditions for the best results.

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