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Salem, Oregon
Berkobien
Aug 17, 2017 11:07 PM CST
Is Magic Mountain Basil (Ocimum basilicum) sterile? It appears identical to African Blue Basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum) that I understand is sterile. I am growing both, and am curious if I can harvest seeds from the Magic Mountain plants. The bees love both!
Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Aug 18, 2017 11:12 PM CST
I don't know if the seeds are sterile or not, but it's really easy to propagate basil from cuttings.
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Salem, Oregon
Berkobien
Aug 19, 2017 6:28 AM CST
Thanks! That is my fallback plan. At the end of last summer I had three small plants from cuttings, but only one survived in the house (live in Salem, Ore where they cannot survive outside). They resided in a sunny window, but did not thrive. The third one did better after I purchase a large grow light and gave it longer light, so that is part of the plan as well. I grow these particular basils as the bumble and hive bees love them...and they are prodigious bloomers right up to the first frost.
Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Aug 19, 2017 10:45 PM CST
Do you have a picture? I love basils and they really thrive here. I have purple, cinnamon, lime, and sweet right now.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
Salem, Oregon
Berkobien
Aug 20, 2017 12:28 PM CST
LizDTM said:Do you have a picture? I love basils and they really thrive here. I have purple, cinnamon, lime, and sweet right now.

Here's a couple pics (grabbed off the internet). The leave coloring along with the flower makes for an attractive plant. We have four of them flowering in very big pots, and one African Blue in another large pot. I believe they will grow in size based on root environment, so all are quite large. Have grown them the last several years. Next summer I will plant an entire bed of them. As I mentioned, bees love them, which is the primary purpose of my garden. They should grown great in AZ.

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Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
Arizona Gardener
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Southwest Gardening Region: Arizona Ponds Aquaponics Hydroponics
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LizDTM
Aug 21, 2017 10:17 PM CST
They are beautiful! I'll have to see if I can find seeds.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin

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