Holy basil is an herb native to India, where it is known as tulsi. It is sacred in the Hindu religious tradition and is regarded as one of the most important plants used in Ayurvedic medicine. The plants have a bush growing habit and leaves have with a spicy, clove-like, musky flavor and aroma. This is a green leaf variety.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 300-400 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- 385,000 seed count per pound.
- Maturity: Approx. 70-90 days
- Planting season: Late spring/early summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in late spring/early summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Or start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Plants grow well in warm temperatures and can sustain damage if temperatures drop below 50°F. Harvest older leaves and pinch back flower buds for continuous leaf production.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: This herb can be eaten fresh, dried, made into tea or used as a supplement. Used in many Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Indian cuisine dishes. The spicy aromatic leaves are a nice garnish with Asian noodle dishes.