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Aroma II Basil Organic

Aroma II Basil Organic


An improved selection of our gold standard in Genovese-type basil varieties, Aroma II boasts the same heavenly fragrance and flavor you'd expect in a fine, culinary basil with enhanced disease resistance. Long-lasting plants grow to 20-24 inches tall with thick, glossy, dark green, 3 inch long leaves. Intermediately resistant to fusarium wilt. Germination code: (1)
Also available as a plant.

   Full Sun
Approximately 750-900 seeds per gram.
  • HR1042/L
  • 1/4 gram Organic
  • $2.95

  • HR1042/M
  • 2 grams Organic
  • $4.35

  • HR1042/N
  • 1/4 oz Organic
  • $6.95

  • HR1042G1
  • 1 oz Organic
  • $16.65

  • HR1042G2
  • 1/4 lb Organic
  • $46.65

  • HR1042G3
  • 1 lb Organic
  • $150.65
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp. for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
70-85°F5-141/4"60-80°F12-18"24-36"75%3 years≈ 750-900Low

Ocimum basilicum

• Basil is a fast growing annual that requires fertile, well-drained soil
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• For best flavor harvest when plants are young, avoid extreme heat or environmental stress
• Flavor declines after plants bloom

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50°F
• Germination code: (1)

• Start 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Plant well after frost when weather has stabilized
• Fertilize every 10-14 days with Age Old Grow

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids, spider mites, thrips, stink bugs, Japanese beetles
Insect control: Keep plants covered with row cover, spray with neem oil or pyrethrin
Common diseases: Fusarium, powdery mildew, downy mildew, bacterial leaf spot
Disease prevention: Avoid crowding plants and wetting foliage, treat with Greencure® for mildew

Harvest & Storage
• Flowers range from white to shades of pink and purple and begin to appear from late July into August
• Harvest continually and pinch off flowers to encourage leaf growth

Germination Codes
Check the code at the end of the description for specific germination requirements.
(1) Germinates at temperatures between 60-75°F.
(2) Larger seeds need to be covered with soil at least as thick as the seed itself. May be slow and erratic to germinate.
(3) These seeds need a period of cold stratification for successful germination. Best results are obtained when the seeds are kept warm and moist for 2 weeks followed by temperatures of 33-35°F for 4-6 weeks or until germination starts.
(4) No special requirements, but germination may be slow and erratic.
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Put up with some challenging conditions, smelled amazing
Jan 12, 2016  |  By Matt
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This variety grew well during the summer of 2015. It tasted like a good basil should, and smelled even better. New to gardening near Puget Sound, I gather it was an unusually good year for basil here, and that made up for my inexperience and the lack of light. A maximum of 6 hours of direct sun was all I could give them. I put out 6 transplants in early June. 3 ultimately survived. 2 of those produced a great many leaves--despite also letting them occasionally develop flowers and watering somewhat inconsistently. Some leaves began to wilt in November; the rest made a wonderful pesto. It seems like an excellent variety, but I can't comment on how it handles cool weather.