PURPLE BASIL GROWING GUIDANCE
What To Expect (Day 1) :
Purple basil is a slightly slower growing plant than its green counterpart, however it also continues to produce new leaves if harvested properly. You can begin picking leaves off your basil plant once there are 3-5 sets of leaves on a single stalk or when the stalk is at least 3-4 inches tall. Always pick your purple basil starting at the top of the plant and work your way down. You should have small basil plants thriving in just a few weeks!
Touchpoint 1 (Day 20) :
Your purple basil should now be approximately 3-4 inches tall. To promote healthy, fuller growth in your purple basil, ‘top off’ the plant by snipping off the tops of each plant directly above a leaf node (where a set of leaves grow from the stem). This will encourage your purple basil to grow larger and fuller - if you cut one stem, it will reproduce and form two stems. This is extremely important if you plan to keep your purple basil around for continual growth.
Touchpoint 2 (Day 40) :
Your purple basil should now be ready for a larger pruning. Pruning purple basil will ensure the plant grows extra stems and leaves. Always prune your purple basil starting at the top of the plant and work your way down. Begin by cutting where the stem meets the stalk, just above the leaf node (where a set of leaves join the stem). Snipping above the nodes promotes new plant growth and new leaves will emerge below your cut. The more frequently you prune, the more the plant will produce. You can now periodically trim sprigs of basil whenever desired. If you happen to see hues of green in your purple basil, don’t worry as it’s just a natural process that sometimes occurs once the plant begins to mature.
Harvest (Day 55) :
Your purple basil has now reached maturity. You can continue to prune your purple basil and allow it to regrow for as long as desired. Once your plant begins to become more leggy and stiff, it means that your purple basil is nearing the end of its lifecycle and you should completely harvest soon. Another sign that indicates that your purple basil is nearing its end is when it begins to lose its strong flavor or starts to flower.