Single Packet of 500 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
Grow a garden filled with Holy Basil herbs, from freshly harvested Ocimum sanctum herb seeds. Holy Basil is known to be a sacred herb to the Hindu people. Often referred to as "Tulsi," these herbs have been consumed to improve immune health. The leaves are Anise scented and can be used in tea, or as a potpourri. Holy Basil plants will mature to a height of roughly 18 to 20 inches tall, and can spread roughly 8 to 12 inches wide. The green, scented leaves are accented with small purple flowers at the tops of each plant. These herbs can begin to be harvested in roughly 90 days.
Holy Basil is categorized as an annual flowering herb. Annuals will grow quickly from freshly harvested Ocimum sanctum seeds, displaying their scented leaves and flowers through the summer months. The leaves can be harvested and allowed to regrow. If left outside with harsh frosts, the plants will then wilt and die. Seeds can be collected from these herbs if they are allowed to bolt in the late season.
Sowing The Seed
Holy Basil can be grown indoors or directly outdoors. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Sow the seeds at a depth of 1/8” under topsoil so that direct light can reach them. Transplant or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. (Check "Germination and Growth" for additional spacing and growth habits)
Holy Basil will enjoy an area that receives full sunlight for the majority of the day, with temperatures of at least 65F or more. The soil should be rich in organic matter, but also well drained. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any areas that consist of hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily with a mist setting or other light water setting to avoid overwatering and/or disturbing the seeds.
Germination & Growth
Your Basil will begin to show life within as little as 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants will grow to a mature height of about 18 to 20 inches tall and can take up to 12 inches of width. Space each plant roughly 6 to 12 inches apart from one another. To promote the production of additional leaves, pluck the flower heads before the blooms open up. Cut the fresh leaves to add to an array of culinary dishes and pestos.