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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Crimson King Basil



I bought its seed from US. In the seed catalogue it is dark purple. But when i grow it has more green that purple. I'm still trying to get the colour like in the seed catalogue, so off it goes to the partial shade. Next month I’ll put it under direct sun to compare the leave colour in response to sunlight.

Whatever the colour, it tastes really good. It smells like cloves and taste milder than lemon basil. It is second to purple ruffles as far as taste is concerned. Since I’ve 8 more basil variety in various stage of growth, I’ll rank it after i taste it all.


photo from seeds catalogue




This is how it look like in the tropics

7 comments:

  1. Level of light does effect purple colour leaves.

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    1. shoul i put it under filtered light or under full sun?

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  2. it looks almost as black, nice!

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    1. Slps experiment tu i dah tau, basil yg berwarna purple tak kira apa namanya nakkan cuaca sejuk dan full sun. Ni mesti tanam kat FH.

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  4. Dark leaved Basils are badly affected by high temperatures. They don't develop the characteristic solid color with temperatures above 77ºF (25ºC). So, in tropical or arid areas, it's best to plant them in Winter, when the milder temperatures (70ºF) favors the color. On the other hand, I'm very impressed with your "Purple Ruffles" seedlings and I really understand your efforts trying to grow plants from cold/temperate climate. Regards from Brazil!!!

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    1. thanks for visiting my blog. In the tropic we only have summer and monsoon season (raining season). Dark leave basil needs sun and cool temperature, impossible combination here. But the leaves still taste the same:-)

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