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Thai Basil Seedlings -  from Organic Certified Seeds

Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora) is a unique and flavorful herb that is widely used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. Here are some characteristics and growing tips for Thai basil:


  • Flavor: Thai basil has a distinct sweet, anise-like flavor with a hint of spiciness.
  • Aroma: The leaves emit a strong, pleasant aroma that adds a fragrant touch to dishes.
  • Appearance: Thai basil has dark green, glossy leaves with serrated edges. The plant can grow up to 18-24 inches in height.
  • Blooms: During the flowering stage, Thai basil produces small, purple or mauve flowers arranged in clusters at the tips of the stems.

Growing Methods:

  • Soil: Thai basil prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH.
  • Container or Ground: It can be grown both in containers and directly in the ground. If planting in a container, ensure it has drainage holes.
  • Propagation: Thai basil can be grown from seeds or cuttings. Seeds can be sown directly in the soil, or seedlings can be transplanted once they are a few inches tall.
  • Spacing: Plant Thai basil 12-18 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.
  • Companion Planting: It can be planted near tomatoes, peppers, and other herbs.

Ideal Temperatures and Climate:

  • Temperature: Thai basil thrives in warm temperatures between 70-95°F (21-35°C).
  • Climate: It prefers a tropical or subtropical climate, but it can also be grown in temperate climates during the warmer months.

Harvesting Period:

  • Timing: You can start harvesting Thai basil once the plant is about 6-8 inches tall.
  • Continuous Harvest: Pinch off the tips regularly to encourage bushier growth and prevent flowering. Regular harvesting will also help maintain the best flavor.

Watering Preferences:

  • Moisture: Thai basil prefers consistently moist soil but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
  • Watering Schedule: Provide deep, thorough watering rather than frequent shallow watering.

Light Preferences:

  • Sunlight: Thai basil thrives in full sunlight. It requires at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Indoor Growth: If growing indoors, use supplemental light to ensure the plant receives enough sunlight-like conditions.

By providing the right growing conditions, Thai basil can be a rewarding addition to your herb garden, offering a delightful flavor to various culinary dishes.

Thai Basil Seedlings - from Organic Certified Seeds

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