Tulsi Holy Basil Seeds
Info: Holy Basil also called Tulsi or Sacred Basil is an ancient variety from India, where it is seen as manifestation of the god Vishnu. It has highly aromatic, narrow oval leaves and pink flowers with a perfumed fragrance. This reddish-purple tinted plant exudes a delicious, sweet, clove-like aroma. The hotter the summer, the deeper the purple.
This "Queen of herbs" is frequently grown in India in courtyards and temples and is believed to protect from misfortune and sanctifies and guides to heaven all who cultivate it. It is also regarded as one of the most important plants used in Ayurvedic medicine. It strengthens the immune system, improves metabolism, supports digestion, helps to relieve stress and mental tension, and many more. In the kitchen Holy Basil is suitable for all oriental and Indian dishes.
Sowing & Cultivation: Sow in March to April for growing under glass or from end of May on outdoors. Sow 2mm deep, 5-10 seeds per 12 cm containers. Outdoors sow 50 seeds per meter with a row distance of 25 cm. Basil needs a sunny, sheltered location and a nutrient-rich soil. Water regularly, but avoid waterlogging. When the plant begin to flower, they do not form new leaves, so you should remove the florescence. In the Mediterranean countries, basil grows for several years, but overwintering on the window sill is difficult because the plants usually get too little light and are susceptible to pests and diseases.
|Botanical name||Ocimum sanctum|
|Sowing||Mar-Apr under glass, end of May outdoors|
|Location||Sunny place and fertile soil with constant moisture|
|Harvesting||June to October|
|Lifespan||perennial (cultivated annual)|