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Sacred Basil

Botanical Name: Ocimum africanum

$4.00
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# of seeds per packet: 210 seeds / Certified Organic

Description

70 days. Uniquely fragrant, easily cultivated, and medicinal – this world traveling herb is rejuvenating and a beautiful addition to gardens big and small. Sacred basil is a potent herbal medicine with spiritual connections around the world and there are many cultivars adapted to various climates. This particular strain is well suited for temperate areas, like ours, that have hot summers and cool, fall nights. Sometimes referred to as Holy Basil or Tulsi, these seeds came to us from Wild Garden Seeds who have grown it since 1983 after receiving seeds from the Abundant Life Seed Foundation of Port Townsend, WA. Popularly used for making teas, sacred basil leaves and flowers are also an elegant and complexly flavored garnish for both savory and sweet dishes. Mike often adds this herb to summer pesto, as well as into Thai curries for farm lunches. We continue harvesting leaves even after bushy plants have flowered, though we usually leave a few flowers to feed the pollinators that flock to them. WGS

Growing

 Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start seeds indoors 4/1 – 5/1 at a temp of 70°. Planting depth: 1/8" (seeds need light to germinate). Days to germination: 5-14. Transplant outside, 8” apart, after last frost (5/20). Alternatively, sow seeds directly outside early June. Prune young plants to encourage side branching.

 Harvest:

Clip stems (with leaves attached) back several inches – do not clip off more than 1/3 of the plant at one time. Frequently clip (harvest) plants to keep them from bolting. Leaves are removed from stems in the kitchen.

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Basil seeds need a long, hot growing season so it is somewhat difficult to save seeds here in Southeast MI. Seeds should be left on the plant until they are mature (dark in color). Cut and dry stems in paper bags. Holy basil plants are insect pollinated and may cross pollinate with sweet basil varieties. Isolation distance: 150’ should be adequate. Clean seed as a dry seeded crop.

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Description

70 days. Uniquely fragrant, easily cultivated, and medicinal – this world traveling herb is rejuvenating and a beautiful addition to gardens big and small. Sacred basil is a potent herbal medicine with spiritual connections around the world and there are many cultivars adapted to various climates. This particular strain is well suited for temperate areas, like ours, that have hot summers and cool, fall nights. Sometimes referred to as Holy Basil or Tulsi, these seeds came to us from Wild Garden Seeds who have grown it since 1983 after receiving seeds from the Abundant Life Seed Foundation of Port Townsend, WA. Popularly used for making teas, sacred basil leaves and flowers are also an elegant and complexly flavored garnish for both savory and sweet dishes. Mike often adds this herb to summer pesto, as well as into Thai curries for farm lunches. We continue harvesting leaves even after bushy plants have flowered, though we usually leave a few flowers to feed the pollinators that flock to them. WGS

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Growing

 Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Start seeds indoors 4/1 – 5/1 at a temp of 70°. Planting depth: 1/8" (seeds need light to germinate). Days to germination: 5-14. Transplant outside, 8” apart, after last frost (5/20). Alternatively, sow seeds directly outside early June. Prune young plants to encourage side branching.

 Harvest:

Clip stems (with leaves attached) back several inches – do not clip off more than 1/3 of the plant at one time. Frequently clip (harvest) plants to keep them from bolting. Leaves are removed from stems in the kitchen.

 Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Basil seeds need a long, hot growing season so it is somewhat difficult to save seeds here in Southeast MI. Seeds should be left on the plant until they are mature (dark in color). Cut and dry stems in paper bags. Holy basil plants are insect pollinated and may cross pollinate with sweet basil varieties. Isolation distance: 150’ should be adequate. Clean seed as a dry seeded crop.

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