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Cardinal Basil Seeds

Cardinal Basil Seeds

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Cardinal's' richly colored blooms and robust flavor make it a wonderful dual-purpose basil. With its strong aroma, a little goes a long way in the kitchen. But it's also a striking accent in a mixed container, adding a unique shape, color, and fragrance. Bring its beauty indoors as a fragrant cut flower.

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Variety Info

Family: Laminaceae

Type: Basil (Learn more)

Native: Probably Africa, but in cultivation for so long that it cannot be verified.

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Plant Dimensions: About 24" tall and 20" wide.

Variety Info: Denser flowerheads, more lush foliage, and stronger fragrance than other basils.

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Edible Flower, Good for Containers, Frost Sensitive

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°–85°F. Successive Sowings: We recommend 3 or 4 successive sowings every 3 weeks after initial sowing.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Transplant when your nighttime temperatures are above 50°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 Days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"