Rutgers Thunderstruck DMR

Ocimum basilicum

Sweet basil primarily for field production; medium-sized, slightly ruffled leaf with bright green color.

Days to Maturity: 65-75 days

Height: 26”

Life Cycle: Annual

Days to Germination: 5-10 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C)

Light Preference: Sun

Soil Requirements: Moderately rich, moist soil. Basil is not drought tolerant. Regular moisture throughout the growing season helps to ensure a good crop. 

Plant Height: Varies

Plant Spacing: 4-8”

Hardiness Zones: Annual

Harvest: Begin light harvesting after plants have become established. It is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler and the leaves are less likely to wilt. A full harvest should be completed just before the plants start to flower. Cut the entire plant 4-6" above the ground to promote a second growth. Leaves are easily bruised when picking, so handle carefully. Do not store at a temperature less than 50°F (10°C).