Growing purple basil is an immensely worthwhile experience. Not only do they taste fantastic, but they also smell fantastic! So, if you love basil, but don’t like the taste of it often, growing microgreens should be a snap. However, do you really know how to grow purple basil microgreens properly?
The first thing that you should remember when growing microgreens are that you need a good growing tray. These are like growing your regular vegetables, in a slightly larger scale. Your planting area should be at least ten feet to fifteen feet in diameter, depending upon the plant that you choose. You can use any number of pots, but I would recommend not getting too many. A good rule of thumb is that there should be about one inch between each pot and the next. You’ll need to prepare the area for planting with good soil.
Some people choose to buy purple basil seeds, others prefer to grow their own. Whichever you choose, your planting area should be fairly even, and you should be able to see about three to six inches of length between each pot. Plant your seeds in loosely, about an inch to the side of the original container. This will help them get the room they need to grow.
You’re going to need to find some good soil. A good quality potting soil, preferably with some type of gypsum content will work just fine. Be sure that you mulch your purple basil microgreens with a decent amount of nutrients that you’ll need for healthy growing conditions. A good mulch also insures that weeds don’t get a good start.
The actual planting process is actually quite simple. Just remember that planting a single seed takes about ten minutes. You can easily multiply the number of plants by about two for each additional five inches of height that you plant. When you’re ready to transplant the seeds, take a look at the microgreen instructions that come with your seed packets, and then you’re ready to pop those tiny little seeds in with your other plants.
It’s best to plant these seeds about two to three inches deep, and then just lightly cover them with dirt while you wait for the plant to grow in. After it comes out of the ground, you can place the plant right into the garden. Make sure that you water well, but don’t drown the plant. Every few days, just give the plant a good watering, remembering to give just enough water to stay alive.
The microgreen growing tips aren’t just for purple basil plants, however. They’re also widely used for other kinds of plants that have pretty big leaves and dark green foliage. Most often, they are grown as ornamental grasses. However, there are some species of herb that will do well as a beautiful houseplant. In fact, some of these herb gardens are common in backyards all over the world.
If you want to grow one of these herb gardens yourself, all you need are three different species of mints. You can also purchase microgreen seed packets to help you achieve your results. Most often, these herb seeds are sold at nursery stores as well as online retailers. Be sure to check your local area’s nursery as well as online retailers to find the right Purple Basil Microgreens that you need for your planting efforts.
The first thing you should do before planting any kind of herb garden is to make sure that it’s ready for planting. Check the plant to see if it has an adequate root system to handle the weight of the soil. Most of the time, herb plants will need fertilizer to help them grow and flourish. This fertilizer should be applied at least once a month, especially during the hotter summer months. Remember to check the soil every couple of weeks for firmness or else you’ll end up with mushy, damp patches of herb that won’t taste very good. Be sure to also check the pH level and make sure the water doesn’t have too much bleach or chlorine in it because that can kill the roots as well as the flavor of the plant.
When choosing the perfect microgreen tray for planting purple basil, you must be sure it has a mesh cover to keep moisture in. Although some plant containers have mesh covers that allow excess moisture to escape, it is important that the microgreens stay nice and moist to encourage healthy growth. Some of the best sprays for purple basil are those made with ocimum basilicum. This herb will not grow well in regular spray trays but it will thrive when grown in the appropriate environment.
After buying your microgreen, carefully remove the seeds from the tops of the leaves and remove any dead leaves that may still be on the plant. Put the microgreen in a separate dish, a shallow one at that, and add about a cup of water in it and then put the plant inside. Keep the water in the tray and replace the seed every few weeks to ensure proper growing conditions.