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Characteristics: Annual herb
Seed per packet: 30
Holy basil closely related to culinary basil; the leaves of holy basil are commonly used in Thai cuisine. Commonly known as holy basil or tulsi and tulasi in South Asia, it is an important sacred plant in Hinduism and, as with many plant species used in Asia, the religious uses are often linked with the medicinal uses. Historically, holy basil was frequently grown in large vessels in the courtyards of Hindu forts and temples to cleanse the body. Holy basil is considered to be an adaptogenic herb, which means it is thought to help the body adapt to various forms of both physical and mental stress. There is some evidence that holy basil is effective in lowering blood sugar, so scientific studies are examining its potential as an aid in treating diabetes.
Adaptable to most well-drained soil in a protected sunny position with an adequate amount of water.
Temperate: Spring to early autumn
Cold: Spring to early autumn
Sow: 3mm deep
Best sown direct in growing position, thin to 20cm apart
Plant space: 20cm
Row Space: 20cm
Germination: 6-10 days
Maturity: 6 weeks