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Basil Blue Spice in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Ocimum basilicum 'Blue Spice'

 

Basil 'Blue Spice'

Ocimum is a group of aromatic plants found in the Mint family, Lamiaceae. Many of the species are found in tropical and warm temperate climates. Specifically, Ocimum basilicum - commonly known as Basil - is native to tropical & subtropical Asia to North Australia. It is a culinary herb which is technically a short lived sub-shrub but it is often grown in cooler climates as an annual plant. The plant is very tender. The species has bright green edible, rounded to oval leaves, and plants produce white flower spikes in Summer. A number of cultivated varieties are now available. 'Blue Spice' has a spicy fragrance and produces light purple flowers.

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plant Features
  • Basil Blue Spice likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Basil Blue Spice likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Basil Blue Spice is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Basil Blue Spice likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Basil 'Blue Spice'

Latin name

Ocimum basilicum 'Blue Spice'

type

Annual or short-lived perennial

family

Lamiaceae

ph

5.6 - 7.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Basil Blue Spice likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Basil Blue Spice is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Basil Blue Spice likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Basil Blue Spice likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Basil Blue Spice is 0.50meters x 0.60meters 0.50 M 0.60 M

Ocimum basilicum 'Blue Spice'

Ocimum is a group of aromatic plants found in the Mint family, Lamiaceae. Many of the species are found in tropical and warm temperate climates. Specifically, Ocimum basilicum - commonly known as Basil - is native to tropical & subtropical Asia to North Australia. It is a culinary herb which is technically a short lived sub-shrub but it is often grown in cooler climates as an annual plant. The plant is very tender. The species has bright green edible, rounded to oval leaves, and plants produce white flower spikes in Summer. A number of cultivated varieties are now available. 'Blue Spice' has a spicy fragrance and produces light purple flowers.


Flowering Season

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

It is in flower from from mid to late summer, and the seeds ripen in early autumn. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.

 

Planting young plants

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant in light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and it prefers well-drained soil, in a site where the plants will get at least 6 hours of sun a day.. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. Water freely during dry periods.

 

Propagation by Seed

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Fill a seed tray with seed compost,water and allow to drain. Sprinkle seeds over the surface allowing roughly 25mm space between seeds and cover with a thin layer of compost. Put tray in a clear polythene bag and place on a windowsill. When seedlings show remove plastic bag. When the second pair of leaves appear on the seedlings thin out to 50mm spacing by removing the weakest looking plants. After 2 or 3 weeks and when danger of frost has passed plants can then be planted outside into required position.

 
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