Basil Thai

Basil Thai - Mr. Fothergill's Seeds

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Ocimum basilicum

  • Remove flowers to prolong picking.
  • Distinct licorice flavour.
  • Used in Thai and oriental dishes.
  • A native of South East Asia.
As easy to grow as any other basil, this variety has a distinctly licorice flavour and used heavily in Thai and oriental dishes. A native of South East Asia, the purple leaves look very attractive in pots, both outdoors and on the windowsill.

    Approx. 300 Seeds

    Sow and grow indoors for all year round crops. Sow 0.5cm (¼") deep, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions.

    For earlier outdoor crops, sow indoors March-May. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into warm, well-drained soil, 20cm (8") apart, during May-July. Alternatively, plants can be grown on a light windowsill.

    Sow outdoors March-May for ease, where they are to crop, 0.5cm (¼") deep, directly into finely prepared soil, which has already been watered. Thin seedlings to 20cm (8") apart. For a continuous supply, make sowings at two to three week intervals. Harvest: Leaves are best picked immediately before use (outdoor crops from June). 

    For maximum flavour, leaves should be added to cooked dishes at the last minute.

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