Amazel Basil® | Proven Winners

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 on 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 the 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 the taste at all.
 
  • Award Winner
  • 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, Container, Edible Herb, 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.

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