You can enjoy this aromatic, delicious, and medicinal herb of Saint Basil when grown in your garden!
This basil variety grows in South and Southeast Asia and is of great cultural and religious importance to Hindus.
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is closely related to the sweet basil used in cuisines worldwide. This short-lived herb prefers tropical and subtropical climates. However, it can be grown in the garden and home containers in colder regions. A fascinating fact is a tradition of planting Holi Basil around temples to purify visitors in India. Holy basil is also essential in Ayurvedic medicine and used for thousands of years.

 

How to Grow Holy Basil from seeds:

Sowing: Basil prefers warm weather, in warm soil without the threat of frost. In regions with a short growing season, you can plant seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date, sowing them in a thin layer. Transplant seedlings 15-18 inches apart. Plant the seeds 1/4 inch in rich soil and full sun for direct seeding, thinning to 15-18 inches apart as the seedlings develop. Basil also grows well indoors or as a container plant.
Growing of Holy Basil: Provide the Basil with well-draining soil and constant watering. At temperatures below 50 degrees, provide protection. Prune the plant as it grows to ensure healthy development. Pruning also keeps the plant from wilting after flowering. To prune the plant, remove the top few leaves on each stem, carefully leaving at least thrеe sets of leaves on the bottom.
How and When to Harvest Holy Basil: Harvest the leaves when the plant takes root. Do this carefully, and do not rip everything off at once. A whole crop can be obtained by cutting off the aerial portions above 5 inches before flowering. For brighter leaves, harvest early in the morning to prevent wilting.
Holy Basil Seed Saving: The seeds will develop when the flowers have faded. Collect the brown pods and dry them in a protected area away from direct sunlight. Thresh the heads of cabbage to remove the seeds and clean as much of the trash as possible. Store seeds in a cool, dry place.

 

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
Typе: Open Pollinated, Warm Season
Life Cycle: Annual
USDА Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seeds per Ounce: 21,000
Planting Method: From Transplant
Sunlight: Full Sun
Hеight: 18 Inches
Cоlor: Green
Blоom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall
Usеs: Aromatic

 

 

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