Basil - Cinnamon

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Ocimum basilicum

Our Cinnamon Basil seeds produce plants with slender, dark green leaves and striking purple stems and flowers. This variety is known for its vigorous growth habit and the distinctive, warm cinnamon scent that emanates from its foliage. Cinnamon Basil grows to a height of about 45-70 cm, making it a versatile addition to garden beds and containers alike.

Cinnamon Basil is well-suited to the diverse Australian climates, thriving in both temperate and subtropical zones. It prefers a sunny position with well-drained soil and regular watering. This variety is resilient against common basil pests such as aphids and spider mites

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Description

Ocimum basilicum

Cinnamon Basil, a unique variant of the traditional basil plant, is distinguished by its spicy, cinnamon-scented leaves. Originating from Mexico, it combines the familiar basil flavour with undertones of cinnamon, making it a standout in both the garden and kitchen.

About Cinnamon Basil: Our Cinnamon Basil seeds produce plants with slender, dark green leaves and striking purple stems and flowers. This variety is known for its vigorous growth habit and the distinctive, warm cinnamon scent that emanates from its foliage. Cinnamon Basil grows to a height of about 45-70 cm, making it a versatile addition to garden beds and containers alike.

Growing In Australia: Cinnamon Basil is well-suited to the diverse Australian climates, thriving in both temperate and subtropical zones. It prefers a sunny position with well-drained soil and regular watering. This variety is resilient against common basil pests such as aphids and spider mites, although attention should be given to prevent fungal diseases in humid conditions. Its robust growth and adaptability make it a suitable choice for Australian gardeners looking to add a unique flavour to their herb collection.

Benefits and Uses: Beyond its decorative appeal, Cinnamon Basil offers a range of culinary and medicinal benefits. The leaves can be used fresh or dried in a variety of dishes, including desserts, teas, and savoury recipes, where they impart a subtle cinnamon flavour. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, it supports general well-being. Additionally, Cinnamon Basil is often used in potpourris and natural insect repellents due to its aromatic properties.

Planting and Care Tips: For best results, plant Cinnamon Basil seeds in spring after the last frost, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the expected last frost. Space plants 30-40 cm apart in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Ensure the soil remains moist but not waterlogged, and apply a general-purpose fertiliser monthly to support healthy growth. Pinching off the tips of the plants encourages a bushier growth and delays flowering, extending the harvest of leaves. Regularly harvesting the leaves can also stimulate new growth, providing a continuous supply throughout the growing season.

150+ heirloom seeds

Sowing Information

Plant Type: Annual
Sow When: Temperate: Spring
                   Subtropical: Spring
                   Tropical: All year
Sow Where: Direct/Trays
Sow Depth: 5mm
Germination: 7-14 days 
Position: Full Sun
Plant Spacing: 30cm
Row Spacing: 50cm
Plant Height: 70cm
Harvest: 90-110 days

Climate Zone

The image below will help you determine which climate zone you are in, and allow you to choose the best varieties for your area.

Australia-climate-map MJC01

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I could not get them to germinate.