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Ocimum tenuiflorum A revered medicinal herb in traditional Ayurvedic practices, this very fragrant plant has proven to have a powerful effect on a vast range of physical and psychological issues. The beautiful plants reach 18 inches tall or more and produce lavender flower spikes in summer that are absolutely irresistible to bees. Use the fresh or dried leaves for a soothing tea.
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Customer Reviews

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is it traditional holy basil?

I have bought Tulci, or Eastern Indian Holy basil from different sources for many years. One year I received a small box that came all the way from India. This herb has always tended to bolt quickly and has to be restarted regularly. I grow it in my greenhouse on the Oregon coast.There are three basic types of common Tulci basil. I decided to try the territorial seed variety. It is completely different then any of the varieties I have bought over the years. The leaves and plants are twice the size of the other varieties and totally different. They don't have as strong a smell as the other varieties and also bolt quickly in the greenhouse. I have no idea if they have as much medicinal value as the other varieties I have gotten in the past, all I can say is the leaves are very large..

Soil Temp for Germ 70–85°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Days to Emergence 5–14
Soil Temp for Transp 60–80°F
Plant Spacing 12–18"
Row Spacing 24–36"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 75%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 750–900
Seed Life 3 years

Ocimum basilicum

• Basil is a fast-growing annual that requires fertile, well-drained soil
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• For best flavor harvest when plants are young, avoid extreme heat or environmental stress
• Flavor declines after plants bloom

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50°F
• Germination code: (1)

• Start 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Plant well after frost when weather has stabilized
• Fertilize every 10-14 days with Age Old Grow

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Aphids, spider mites, thrips, stink bugs, Japanese beetles
• Insect control: Keep plants covered with row cover, spray with Pyrethrin
• Common diseases: Fusarium, powdery mildew, downy mildew, bacterial leaf spot
• Disease prevention: Avoid crowding plants and wetting foliage, treat with Zonix for mildew

Harvest & Storage
• Flowers range from white to shades of pink and purple and begin to appear from late July into August
• Harvest continually and pinch off flowers to encourage leaf growth

Germination Codes
Check the code at the end of the description for specific germination requirements.
(1) Germinates at temperatures between 60-75°F.
(2) Larger seeds need to be covered with soil at least as thick as the seed itself. May be slow and erratic to germinate.
(3) These seeds need a period of cold stratification for successful germination. Best results are obtained when the seeds are kept warm and moist for 2 weeks followed by temperatures of 33-35°F for 4-6 weeks or until germination starts.
(4) No special requirements, but germination may be slow and erratic.

What is a seed disk?
We’ve selected a collection of our favorite herb varieties and put them into handy, easy to plant, biodegradable disks. Each 10 cm disk is sized just right to conveniently plant in a 4 inch pot. For windowsill, patio and even herb garden planting, lay the disk on the surface of the moistened planting medium and cover lightly. Water and watch your herbs grow. These disks are a great gift or a perfect child's gardening project.

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