Cinnamon Basil (Ocimum Basilicum Cinnamon) beautiful and aromatic with its red stem, bright green leaves and purple flowers
Cinnamon Basil (Ocimum Basilicum Cinnamon) - Easy to grow from Basil seeds, Cinnamon Basil makes a great addition to the herb garden or grow it in a container and enjoy the beauty of this attractive herb plant. This Basil herb plant grows 12 to 16 inches high and 12 to 18 inches wide. The sturdy stems are dark purple red, with dark green, cinnamon scented leaves growing up to 2 inches long.
Detailed Cinnamon Basil Info: Ocimum basilicum. Annual. 115 days. Zone 1-11.16,000 seeds per oz. 24-36" height. 15-18" spacing. Produces a plant with cinnamon scented green leaves, a maroon stem, and clusters of pale pink flowers.
Cinnamon Basil has distinctive cinnamon-colored stems, purple flowers tinged with bronze, and small to medium-sized, dark green leaves. Cinnamon Basil has a strong cinnamon scent. Basil culinary herb is at its most flavorful when fresh. The best time to harvest is just as the plant starts to set flower buds, well before flowers bloom. For harvesting, cut stems just before flowers open, strip leaves and use fresh, or dry on tray in dark, airy place. Leaves may be frozen. Basil herb uses include tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables and soups. You can also use basil in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.
â¢ Cinnamon basil is one the easiest basils to grow. When planted from seed it takes approximately 5 to 7 days to sprout depending on how warm the soil is. It can be started indoors and transplanted into gardens or container pots. Cinnamon basil can grow up to 3 feet tall and, if you pinch back the leaves, it can bush out to 3 feet.
How To Grow Basil From Seed: Sow Basil seeds in the garden after all danger of frost has passed. For areas with short growing seasons, start the herb seeds indoors 4 - 8 weeks before setting out. Grow the Cinnamon Basil plant in a rich, well-drained, soil and in full sun. Pinch the tip from the center shoot of Basil after it has grown for 6 weeks to force side growth and prevent early flowering. If flower stalks develop, simply snip them off.
Did you know that gardeners plant cinnamon basil close to their tomato plants in the garden to discourage bugs from damaging the tomato plants? Itâs true that cinnamon basil, when planted near tomatoes, not only enhances the flavor of the tomato but also repels mosquitos and white flies. It also will enhance the growth of asparagus and roses while protecting these plants from some insects. What else can it do? Rub its leaves on your skin or grow it in containers on your patio to help repel mosquitos. You can also place fresh sprigs on top of food containers to keep flies from landing at picnics.
When I harvest my cinnamon basil, I wash it, pinch the leaves from the stems, chop, place in labeled zip lock bags and freeze it. Anytime I want to use fresh cinnamon basil, all I have to do is reach in my freezer and I can cook with it all year round.
â¢ When dried, cinnamon basil is wonderful in potpourri and can be used in herb/dried flower wreaths.
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 12 - 16 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/4 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches a part; thin seedlings 6 inches
Materials: pasta,chicken,pasta sauce,burger,summer grilling,flavor,dishes,Asian basil,Cinnamon Basil