Basil – Thai Siam Queen

Ideal for soups and stir-fries. Loved for distinctive and spicy flavour. Rustic plants with purple stems and flowers that open to a light purple with beautiful deep dark green leaves.

Available only as a plant. Not available as seed.

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Description

Botanical name
Ocimum basilicum

Family
Lamiaceae

Spacing
1 per square foot

Depth
6 mm (¼”) deep

Requirements
Bright light indoors. Good ventilation for seedlings. Herbs do best in a hot, sunny spot. In these conditions they’ll make the highest level of the aromatic oils that give them their taste and aroma. They also prefer well-drained alkaline soil, pH 6-8.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 5-7 days

Pests
Aphids and slugs. Aphids can be washed off with a strong jet of water. Slugs can be removed by hand. Basil is generally quite resistant when outdoors.

Timing
You can grow basil indoors all year. Start indoors in April / May for transplant to garden in June when the soil is warm.

Growing
Pinch tips for bushier growth when plant reaches about 15 cm (6″).

Harvest
60-90 days

Season
Warm, annual

Links
No sweat, ready in a few minutes home-made pesto recipe:
Basil Pesto