Basil Red Rubin

Basil Red Rubin

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As the name suggests, Red Rubin Basil is a red-coloured basil. More specifically, it has dark, reddish-purple leaves and stems, making it most appealing for salads and garnishes. Another small difference from regular basil is that Red Rubin has a stronger flavour. Evidence of a reddish basil dates back to the 1830s, when the English botanist George Bentham first discovered an ‘opal’ strain of the plant. It wasn’t until 1950, however, that a genuine red/purple basil cultivar was created: the Dark Opal. Red Rubin is a new, improved variant of this cultivar, having larger, more deeply purple leaves and being less prone to areas of green developing. You can guarantee that vibrant Red Rubin will stand out from the crowd!

LATIN NAME 
Ocimum basilicum

NAME 
Basil

VARIETY 
Red Rubin

QUANTITY 
120 seeds

PLANT SIZE 
Height 40 cm 
Width 20 cm

CONTAINER SIZE 
Height 20 cm 
Width 20 cm

COMPANION PLANT 
Tomatoes, peppers, oregano, parsley, garlic chives, alpine strawberries

SOWING 
Indoor Feb-Mar 
Outdoor Apr-June

TIMING 
Germination 5-10 days 
Harvesting 40-60 days

SPACING 
When sowing 1-3 cm; Depth 0,5 cm 
When thinning 3-5 cm

GROWING 
Sunligth Full sun to partial shade 
Soil Well-drained, light and moist soil 
Watering Regular watering, not overdone 
Feeding Light feeder

CARING 
Expert tip To promote a nice bushy plant with lots of lemon-scented leaves, prune this basil early and often by pinching off the upper set of leaves. Cut the flowers off to prevent the leaves from becoming bitter.

SUPPORTING 
Pollinators
Attracts bees and butterflies. 
Pests
Repels aphids and mosquitoes. Improves the health of other plants (and people!).

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