A type of Holy Basil for the curious herbalist. Native to India, tree basil, also known as Vana basil, is significant in ayurvedic medicine where its leaves are used in the preparation of tea to rejuvenate the body and help it adapt to stress. The clove scented leaves, have a slightly hairy texture and gray-green color. A tender perennial which matures into a woody shrub and if grown in a container can be brought indoors for winter use.
Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-80ºF.
Seed Planting Depth: Lightly cover
Sowing Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperatures.Transplant after last frost, 6-12" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After last frost when soil temperature reaches 65-70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 6-8" for full sized plants.
Light Needs: Full Sun
Soil Needs: Fertile, moist soil
Uses: Medicinal, attracts bees and beneficials.