Basil red dark opal is a popular variety with attractive, dark red/purple leaves. Can be used as an ornamental interest anywhere in the herb garden or allotment. Can be grown in pots in the patio area or in a windowbox. Height 30-35cm. Sow the basil seeds from February onwards inside or outside from May, in small pots, or in fine seedbed. Just cover the seeds with fine compost/soil, can be grown inside all year round, germination 10-15 days, keep the soil slightly moist, do not overwater. Transplant outside in June, to a sunny/partly shady position. Plants like slightly dry conditions. Keep picking the leaves to encourage further production.