The Mexican Cinnamon Basil variety, with purple foliage and blush, pink flower thorns, and a characteristic cinnamon aroma, is a good plant for your garden. The leaves are used fresh and dried in cooking or for herbal tea.
Great reverence for the basilica originated in India and ancient Persia. Ancient legends associate basil with religion, claiming that it has healing properties. It has long been considered as a symbol of love and was given as a sign of affection. Basil acquired the opposite meaning in Greek and Roman cultures, personifying hatred and misfortune. English kings preferred bаsil and used it for cooking and cosmetic purposes. Basil was widely popular throughout England; it even added to their bouquets and freshened the air in homes. Medicinally, basil oil is often used to treat various conditions such as depression and anxiety, colds, coughs or sore throats, and insect bites.
How to grow Cinnamon Basil from seeds:Sowing: Basil prefers warm weather, in warm soil without the threat of frost. In regions with a short growing season, you can plant seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date, sowing them in a thin layer. Transplant seedlings 15-18 inches apart. Plant the seeds 1/4 inch in rich soil and full sun for direct seeding, thinning to 15-18 inches apart as the seedlings develop. Basil also grows well indoors or as a container plant.
Growing of Cinnamon Basil: Provide the Basil with well-draining soil and constant watering. At temperatures below 50 degrees, provide protection. Prune the plant as it grows to ensure healthy development. Pruning also keeps the plant from wilting after flowering. To prune the plant, remove the top few leaves on each stem, carefully leaving at least thrеe sets of leaves on the bottom.
How and When to Harvest Cinnamon Basil: Harvest the basil when the leaves are 6-8" tall. After the plant is rooted, harvest the leaves to improve the yield. The leaves turn bitter as the basil blooms. For healthy growth, leave at least three leaves per stem length. Store fresh basil for several days at room temperature and store the stems in a glass of water. It can be dried or frozen for long-term storage.
Cinnamon Basil Seed Saving: The seeds will develop when the flowers have faded. Collect the brown pods and dry them in a protected area away from direct sunlight. Thresh the heads of cabbage to remove the seeds and clean as much of the trash as possible. Store seeds in a cool, dry place.
FAST FACTSLatin Name: Ocimum basilicum
Type: Open Pollinated, Warm Season
Lifе Cycle: Annual
USDА Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seeds per Ounce: 21,000
Planting Method: From Transplant
Sunlight: Full Sun
Hеight: 30 Inches
Bloom Season: Bloоms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall