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Holy Basil

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Ocimum basilicum sanctum

This 2 foot plant is perennial in some climates. It is sacred to the Hindu people and is often grown around their temples. It has a warm, spicy scent of cloves. The reddish-tinted leaves are used in salads or cold dishes, but never cooked. 100 seeds.

 Holy Basil




Germination:  5-10 days

Seed Planting Depth:  Lightly cover

Seeding Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 65-70 degrees soil temperatures.Transplant 6-12" apart. Sow outdoors in the late spring when soil warms to 70 degrees. Thin to 4-12" apart , less space apart for baby sized basil and more for mature plants.

Light Needs:  Sun 

Soil Needs: Fertile, moist soil

Uses:  Culinary, medicinal, attracts bees and beneficials.

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Wendy K.
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I plant this almost every year just so I can smell it! It has the most beautiful scent of any plant I know. I wish I could find a perfume with the scent. They are fairly easy to grow but you can't just throw them in the dirt and forget them. I cover them with a dusting of seed-starting soil mix and keep them watered until they sprout. After that they are pretty hardy.

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Susan S.
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Holy Basil -Tulsi

I planted a couple of these seeds and got a wonderful, healthy plant. I plant many, many seeds of different kinds and only get about a 50% germination, so I am impressed that these seeds took off. I started it from a seed in a little container and planted it in the garden box when it got big. The plant took off and grew into a large plant quickly. But someone told me I needed to remove the plant from being around tomatoes, so I replanted it in a large pot. It is still growing and now it has seeds on it which I removed. This plant is great and I will use it in tea to help with sleep. I have another one growing in a little pot and it looks just as healthy as the first one. I will have to find a very large pot to transplant it into soon.

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Phyllis M.
United States

Tulsi--Holy basil

Growing in the window now--about one inch tall.