The tallest cut-flower basil in our trials. Aromatto has sturdy purple stems, dark purple flower bracts, and purple-green bicolor foliage. Use as a filler, accent, or edible flower. Scent is similar to Cinnamon basil. Spicy flavor. Sweeter-tasting than Genovese basils.
• Edible Flowers: Use in any recipe that calls for basil, or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta, and desserts.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5-10 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Sow in spring when the soil has warmed after the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per inch, in rows 18" apart. Firm the soil over the seeds as they have a tendency to work their way upward out of the soil in heavy rains. There is no need to thin, but a 4-8" final spacing produces healthy, full plants. Transplant: Seeds may be sown inside about 6 weeks before setting out. Plant 1/4" deep and keep at 70°F (21°C) for the best germination. Transplant out when seedlings have 3-4 sets of leaves. Space plants 4-8" apart in rows 18" apart.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Moderately rich, moist soil. Basil is not drought tolerant and can be damaged by heat stress. Regular moisture throughout the season helps to ensure a good crop.
PLANT SPACING: 4-8".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Harvest is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler and the leaves are less likely to wilt. Leaves are easily bruised when picking, so handle carefully. Do not store at temperatures less than 50°F (10°C). Fresh: When flowers have begun to open. Dried: When flowers are completely open. Air dry. This is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler and the leaves are less likely to wilt. Leaves are easily bruised when picking, so handle carefully. Do not store at temperatures less than 50°F (10°C).
USES: Cut flowers, bedding plants, and edible flower.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
75 - 80 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Variety's flowers may be consumed.
Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies
Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.
Supplies that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.