Holy Basil Seeds - (Ocimum sanctum)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Germination:
- 7-14 days @ 70-85F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Well drained, warm
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
A native herb in India with sweetly fragrant, clove-like flavor, 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. You will see holy basil growing in profusion around Hindu temples in India.
The aromatic leaves can be used in salads, cooking, herb butter or tea. Also repels mosquitoes.
Basil does well with asparagus and helps tomatoes overcome pest insects and disease while improving growth and flavor of both. It is best to grow the shorter basil plants alongside or parallel to the tomato plants instead of among them in their shade.
Peppers – both sweet and hot – like basil alongside them, as does beans, beets, cabbage, and eggplant. Herbs that like basil nearby are oregano and chamomile.
Basil repels mosquitoes and most flies, so keep a couple of planted pots near doorways and entrances.
Common rue and sage are antagonistic to basil, so don’t plant them near each other.
When basil starts to flower, it will stop growing leaves – so pinch the flower heads off to encourage new leaf growth.
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I loved the smell of the plant. Besides cooking with it, I made a natural mosquito repelant.
The smell of this plant is unbelievable. The most aromatic basil I have ever encountered. Didn't care for it in Italian pasta sauce, but it is traditionally used with Indian dishes.