This open pollinated Siam Queen variety has set the standard for Thai basils. It has an intense licorice/basil aroma and flavor. The attractive and vigorous bushy plants have 2" medium green leaves and compact clusters of deep red-purple flowers. Good bolt resistance. This is an excellent choice for commercial and home garden growing.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 375-400 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.)
- 383,000 seed count per pound.
- Maturity: Approx. 70-80 days
- Planting season: Late spring/summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in late spring/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 show cold damage if grown 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: The spicy leaves are mixed with Italian basil for pesto or added to curries and soups. Use in authentic Vietnamese, Cambodian or Thai dishes, such as pho, the famous noodle soup of Vietnam.