Rutgers Devotion DMR
Genovese-type basil for potted plants, gardens, and fresh use; uniform, upright growth and dome or cup-shaped leaf.
Genovese type from the Rutgers breeding program with a compact, highly productive plant habit. Slightly serrated, ruffled leaves are large, cupped, and medium-green. Slightly sweet and spicy aroma. Bred by Dr. James Simon and Dr. Robert Pyne at Rutgers University. U.S. Utility Patent 10,159,212. Avg. 46,700 seeds/oz.
Days to Maturity: 70-80 days
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 Spacing: 4-8”
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 fresh basil at a temperature less than 50°F (10°C).