The beauty and intensity of Red Rubin Basil are sure to be the perfect addition to your herb garden. You may see this variety referred to as Basil Red Rubin or simply Red Basil, but the leaves of this herb are such a deep color that they are often referred to as purple.
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This variety of basil produces large, smooth leaves and and purple flowers. If you are looking for something to plant to add some color to your garden, this is the perfect basil! You will find this basil to have minimum green leaves if any. Because of the brilliance of leaf color, people have used these plants as ornamentals, both as a border or in containers, adding color and aroma.
Red Rubin is said to be the easiest basil variety to start from seed. Ideal soil temperature for seed germination is 70o – 90o F. You will want to plant the seeds about a ¼ inch deep and about 8 – 10 inches apart. Expect it to take 60 – 70 days to maturity in full or partial sun with moderate watering.
It produces a full, bushy plant that will grow to approximately 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. You can do some light harvesting once the plants are established, and full harvesting just before the plants are about to flower. Harvesting is best during early morning when it is cool. Note that the leaves bruise easily so handle with care. To promote a second growth, cut the plant 4 inches to 6 inches from the ground.
Because of its vibrant color, Red Basil is a perfect choice when making infused oils, especially if you are giving the oil as a gift. The color contrast will make your gift delicious and attractive.
Since the flavor of this leaf is fairly intense, use it sparingly in salads and do not choose this particular variety when a large quantity of basil is needed, such as for making pesto. It is perfect to add to a salad for a splash of color and a burst of flavor.
Like all basil varieties, Red Rubin likes the warm sun. Do not plant outside until well after the last chance of frost.
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