I bought these in 2019 through Home Depot. The 4 plants arrived stressed from dehydration but perked up quickly and soon were thriving. By the end of the season they were they were bushes and we had more basil than we knew what to do with. HOWEVER: This year I bought four plants directly from PW. Two of them were bent over at the main stem and quickly died. I had to argue with PW for a partial refund. They wanted me to plant them for two weeks to see what would happen (I did; they are dried stems 1/2" tall). I thought it was rough handling by the shipper, but it appears to be some sort of disease because a third plant developed the same dark brown around the main stalk and was dead within a week. PW customer service sucks! They would not do what I had requested which was to send replacement plants. I had to threaten a charge back before they refunded part of my money and they stuck me with the bulk of the shipping costs. I ordered 4 plants because shipping on one or two was so expensive and I planned on sharing plants with neighbors. Why would PW assume it was the 3rd and 4th plants (that shipped for a couple of bucks) that died and not the first plant (that shipped for a whopping $15)? They need to learn how to treat customers or change their name to Proven Losers
Amazel Basil® Ocimum hybrid
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesCan I COME HOME with you?
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 into 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 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 taste at all.Award WinnerEdibleFragrant FoliageFoliage InterestHeat Tolerant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:20 - 36 InchesSpacing:12 - 18 InchesSpread:12 - 24 InchesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Edible HerbUses:LandscapeUses 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.
Amazel Basil plants will reach full size in about 4-6 weeks after transplanting them from a 4” container into the landscape or a larger pot. Your location and temperatures can impact how quickly the plant grows for you. In any case, you should be able to start harvesting from your plant pretty regularly within a few weeks after transplanting to your garden or patio planter. Because Amazel is produced from cuttings rather than from from seed, it will not follow the traditional “days to maturity” designation you find with seed produced basil. Amazel usually is very late to flower, but flowers may sporadically appear. The flowers can easily be pinched off and because Amazel produces NO SEED it will continue to grow harvestable leaves all season long. You’ll be making pesto to your hearts content in no time!Amazel Basil® Ocimum hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF
Mark Paessun, Ohio, United States, 9 weeks ago
This basil plant exceeded my expectations! Definitely ordering again!Dot, 30 weeks ago
This basil puts all others to shame. I concur with the other rave reviews. One (pricey) plant provided us with more fresh basil than we could handle, growing to about 30 inches tall. I processed and froze a lot of the harvest in ice-cube-sized chunks for cooking through the winter. The ordinary type I planted did not compare in quality or quantity, It is a cool September here in Michigan and my one plant is growing strong, even after all the cuttings I already took.Larry P, Michigan, United States, 44 weeks ago
Kim Weimer, California, United States, 47 weeks ago
This Basil has become My Favorite. It is truly amazing.I usually have to plant 3 basils in order to keep up with my drying herbs and cooking. I planted one plant this spring and here it is August. All I do is pinch off the blooms and it has grown as tall as my Prince tut. 3 ' tall and 2' wide. THe flavor is one of the best basils I have ever grown. I have trimmed it back 5 times and dried the leaves to replenish my supply for this winter. I am now making basil paste and storing it in an air tight mason jar in my refrigerator. I will not have to buy any basil for the rest of the year. I highly recommend this Basil. Laura was correct it really is amazing.Kim Weimer, California, United States, 49 weeks ago
This is an excellent basil. It really is resistant to that dreaded black mildew. Before Amazel, I had only a brief window in which to make pesto enough to last all winter. (I freeze it.) With Amazel, I can make pesto all summer long. Problem solved!Tony Adams, Connecticut, United States, 51 weeks ago
This plant is PERFECT!! Excellent taste- not bitter or too sharp, just rich basil flavor, a bit on the milder side. Extremely full lush plant. Glossy leaves, 2’ tall. Made pesto from it and was delicious. Very productive healthy plant. Tiny disadvantage: has seemed to want to set flowers since we got out of our greenhouse (ie early), but we trim them off. Had some difficulty in our greenhouse with several getting disease and dying quickly. But the plants we did get are spectacular! A 5/5 rating In our trials of this plant at our Univ of IL Master Gradener trial garden !!Ann Tice, Illinois, United States, 2 years ago
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