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Ocimum ‘Blue Spice’ is a cultivator of Ocimum americanum.

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Ocimum ‘Blue Spice’ is a cultivator of Ocimum americanum.
• It is used as a Culinary/Medicinal/Beverage/Aromatic/Industrial herb.
• It is an annual herb.
• Blue Spice Basil is described as having a vanilla overtone.
• It smells more like sweet-smelling basil.
• This variant of basil can be used as other basil.
• It is excellent in Mediterranean dishes, tomatoes, zucchini, eggs, fish, poultry, pesto, soups, and salads.
• It has lovely inflorescences with light purple flowers set on deep purple bracts.
• It is said to be a hybrid between purple basil and O. americanum.
• It can grow up to a height of 40cm/16”.

The plant is scientifically classified as:
• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Lamiales
• Family : Lamiaceae
• Genus : Ocimum
• Species : O. americanum

Growing and Caring conditions for Ocimum ‘Blue Spice’

• Growing Basil is relatively easy if there is suitable light and temperature levels provided to the plant.
• Ensure that adequate drainage is allowed from the base of the pot, if grown in pots.
• Line with coarse gravel if necessary.
• If growing outside then ensure the soil is well dug over.
• Weed free the soil well before sowing.
• Before sowing ensure that the compost or soil is moist.
• Water generously the day before sowing.
• It is vital that Basil is not exposed to the last spring frosts.
• If sowing outside sow in late March.
• Sow at any time if the plant is always to be kept indoors.
• If sowing inside and planting outside late then sow in late February.
• Sow the seed thinly.
• Cover the seeds with 1/2 cm of compost and firm gently.
• Basil seeds should germinate in about a week.
• Once the seedlings have developed 2 pairs of true leaves then you can thin out.
• Basil should be grown in a position that receives a around 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.
• Position the Basil in a sheltered spot that avoids cold winds.
• Basil likes fertile soil.
• The soil should well dug to allow good soil air circulation.
• Well rotted organic compost or manure into the soil a month or so before sowing will help in growth.
• General purpose compost is a suitable soil solution.
• Water every week.
• Basil can help to discourage the fruit fly.
• Basil is often a target of slugs.

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