Where to Buy a Purple Basil Plant

Where to Buy a Purple Basil Plant

  • One question we get asked frequently is: where is the best place to buy a purple basil plant? Purple basil is getting more and more popular as people experience its unique licorice-like flavor and regal appearance. Purple basil is not quite as easy to find as a “normal” basil plant, but we’ll try to show you a few different places where you can start. If you’re looking to grow your own basil, starting from seed may not be your first choice for a variety of reasons. Although starting basil plants from seed may be easier than you think, you may want to begin with a more mature plant so you can harvest earlier on. Whatever the reason, we’ll outline some spots where you can buy a purple basil plant, one of the most interesting basil varieties around.

Look for Purple Basil Plants at Grocery Stores and Lawn/Garden Centers

  • Depending on the season, most big grocery stores and almost all lawn and garden stores will have edible plants, including basil plants, available for you to buy. This is an easy way to get started growing your own basil, and it’s a super convenient place to buy a basil plant that may already be ready to begin harvesting. Although finding a purple basil plant is a little bit trickier than a regular green basil plant, most garden stores are now carrying some variety of purple basil such as amethyst basil.

Check Farmers Markets for Vendors Who May be Selling Purple Basil Plants

  • A lot of farmers’ markets have vendors who sell ready-to-plant herbs and vegetables. This might be a great place to start looking for a purple basil plant to buy, since you can probably ask the vendor for personalized planting and care instructions that you may not receive at a big garden store.

Keep an Eye Out for Farm Stands and Roadside Green-Vendors Who Might Sell Purple Basil Plants

  • Depending on where you live and the time of the season that you look, you may be able to buy a purple basil plant from a local farm stand or roadside vendor. Just keep your eyes peeled for signs. It also never hurts to ask local farmstand vendors if they might be able to sell you a purple basil plant, since they may already have some growing, but just not necessarily on display.

Take a Peek at Local Listings, Bulletins, or Even Search “Basil Plants for Sale” on Craigslist

Local communities always have unique opportunities, and this might be the case if you’re trying to buy a purple basil plant. It never hurts to check local resources such as bulletins and other postings. Craigslist and even FB marketplace may be able to point you in the direction of someone willing to sell you a purple basil plant.

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