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Amazel Basil Ocimum hybrid

(5 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
36" 24"
Height
20 - 36"
Spread
12 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    Can I COME HOME with you?

    What do you call the most amazing basil you’ve ever seen? Amazel, of course. This is truly a game-changing plant—it is the first Italian sweet basil that is resistant to downy mildew, a disease that often plagues basil. And since it’s sterile, this large, vigorous plant produces a higher yield of usable, deliciously aromatic leaves. The more you harvest, the better it grows. It’s time to make the switch from your old basil to Amazel. You’ll never look back!

    Basil is notorious for being quite susceptible to downy mildew. Amazel, however, has excellent resistance to Downy Mildew, which will keep plants growing and producing for home gardeners throughout the entire season. This is an amazing improvement in basil.
            
    Unlike typical basil, Amazel is seed sterile and therefore continues to produce leaves and shoots even after flower initiation unlike other basil varieties that focus most or all of their energy into seed production. For best flavor and leaf production, harvest and or pinch regularly to promote fresh tender growth.  If heavy flowering happens late in the season that will likely affect taste, but when it is actively growing new leaves and shoots it will have its best flavor.  A small amount of flowering should not affect taste at all.
     
    Edible
    Fragrant Foliage
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    20 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 18 Inches
    Spread: 
    12 - 24 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Edible Herb
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Best grown in the landscape, although a large container can work as well.  Once picked, add lavishly to rice dishes, poultry, fish, potatoes and vegetables, dressings or marinades.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Harvest sprays of leaves by cutting stems just above two new sprouting lateral branches to get lush regrowth. One of the most common disease issues in basil is Downy Mildew.  This basil is downy mildew resistant and has little to no seed set. If it does happen to produce a few flowers, pinch them off and it will continue to produce leaves to use in your kitchen.

    Amazel Basil Ocimum hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF
  • 5 Reviews

    • This basil puts all others to shame. I concur with the other rave reviews. One (pricey) plant provided us with more fresh basil than we could handle, growing to about 30 inches tall. I processed and froze a lot of the harvest in ice-cube-sized chunks for cooking through the winter. The ordinary type I planted did not compare in quality or quantity, It is a cool September here in Michigan and my one plant is growing strong, even after all the cuttings I already took.

      Larry P
      Michigan
      United States
      2 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Kim Weimer
      California
      United States
      5 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This Basil has become My Favorite. It is truly amazing.I usually have to plant 3 basils in order to keep up with my drying herbs and cooking. I planted one plant this spring and here it is August. All I do is pinch off the blooms and it has grown as tall as my Prince tut. 3 ' tall and 2' wide. THe flavor is one of the best basils I have ever grown. I have trimmed it back 5 times and dried the leaves to replenish my supply for this winter. I am now making basil paste and storing it in an air tight mason jar in my refrigerator. I will not have to buy any basil for the rest of the year. I highly recommend this Basil. Laura was correct it really is amazing.

      Kim Weimer
      California
      United States
      7 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This is an excellent basil. It really is resistant to that dreaded black mildew. Before Amazel, I had only a brief window in which to make pesto enough to last all winter. (I freeze it.) With Amazel, I can make pesto all summer long. Problem solved!

      Tony Adams
      Connecticut
      United States
      9 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This plant is PERFECT!! Excellent taste- not bitter or too sharp, just rich basil flavor, a bit on the milder side. Extremely full lush plant. Glossy leaves, 2’ tall. Made pesto from it and was delicious. Very productive healthy plant. Tiny disadvantage: has seemed to want to set flowers since we got out of our greenhouse (ie early), but we trim them off. Had some difficulty in our greenhouse with several getting disease and dying quickly. But the plants we did get are spectacular! A 5/5 rating In our trials of this plant at our Univ of IL Master Gradener trial garden !!

      Ann Tice
      Illinois
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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