Genovese, Thai, Lemon, and Dark Opal Basil
Ocimum Basilicum, Lamiaceae
Origin: Central Africa + Southeast Asia
Organic Non-GMO Certified
Total Growth Cycle: 60 days
This mixture of basil varieties includes different colors and flavors. Genovese Basil is the original basil variety used to make authentic pesto, Thai basil has a hint of licorice flavor, Lemon basil has a very mild anise flavor with strong notes of lemon, and Dark Opal is great for garnishes and cut flower use. This is a fragrant bouquet that can be enjoyed as microgreens, petite or mature leaf.
Tasting is recommended from approximately 10 days onward, depending on your preference for basil size and flavor. Tasting period is highlighted in green in the Growing Timeline Overview.
Germinates quickly and can be cut for a single regrowth at any point after the microgreens phase.
Nutrient Refill(s): 2
When prompted to refill nutrients, pour measured nutrient packet into the basin, then add tap water gently through the sIO until it reaches the fourth tick mark. Nutrient additions will be prompted around days 25 and 40 of the growth cycle.
Expect to top up water at least once (aside from when adding nutrients) during the growing cycle. When prompted to refill water, pour tap water gently through the sIO until the water level reaches the fourth and highest tick mark on the right side basin window. Water additions will be prompted around days 20 and 34 of the growth cycle.
Basil requires light for germination, so while your seeds are germinating, all LED (red, white and blue) lights will be on dimly. Once you remove the germination cover, the intensity of the LED lights will increase slightly every day. The maximum time lights will be on is 16 hours per day.
*Must be advanced by the user by this time by removing germination cover
Green indicates period for tasting
In this phase your plant will receive continuous misting to begin dissolving the nutrients in the sIO and jumpstart germination. Be sure to keep the clear humidity cover on during this phase.
When the majority of seeds have germinated, remove the clear humidity cover and update app to transition to the Seedling growth phase. Remember to record in the app that you have removed the humidity cover. If germination occurs and the humidity cover is not removed within 6 days, the plant will die. If germination does not occur within 6 days contact support.
Cotyledons expand and grow, and true leaves are emerging.
If harvesting basil microgreens, remove sIO disk from SproutsIO basin. Using scissors, cut the plants from the disk, cutting as close to the sIO top as possible. Record your harvest in the app. If not harvesting for microgreens, leave the plant as is.
When prompted to refill nutrients, pour measured nutrient packet into the basin, then add tap water gently through the sIO until it reaches the fourth tick mark. If harvesting petite basil, remove sIO disk from SproutsIO basin. Using scissors, cut the plants from the disk, cutting as close to the sIO top as possible. Record your harvest in the app. If not harvesting for petite basil, leave the plant as is.
Your plants will reach maturity around day 27 and will continue growing until day 60. Feel free to harvest any/all of your plants during this window. You may also need to adjust your lamp head during this phase if your plants grow too close to it, you will receive a notification to do so. Note that your plants may experience some browning or yellowing during this phase as they reach the end of their growth cycle, this is totally natural nearing the end of growth. When you’re ready to harvest, remove sIO disk from SproutsIO basin. Using scissors, cut the plants from the disk, cutting as close to the sIO top as possible. Record your harvest in the app.