Basil - Holy

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Ocimum tenuiflorum

These seeds produce plants with distinctive green, slightly hairy leaves that emit a strong, clove-like aroma. Holy Basil is unique among basil varieties for its robust growth habit and the ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions. The plant flowers with small, lavender blooms, adding beauty to your garden. Holy Basil's leaves have a spicy flavour that is sought after for culinary and medicinal uses.

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Ocimum tenuiflorum

Holy Basil, or Tulsi, is a plant with a long history, originating from the Indian subcontinent. Known for its aromatic leaves and role in traditional medicine, this herb has been grown for centuries. Our Holy Basil seeds allow you to grow this wonderful plant, which is valued both for its spiritual significance and health benefits.

About Holy Basil: These seeds produce plants with distinctive green, slightly hairy leaves that emit a strong, clove-like aroma. Holy Basil is unique among basil varieties for its robust growth habit and the ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions. The plant flowers with small, lavender blooms, adding beauty to your garden. Holy Basil's leaves have a spicy flavour that is sought after for culinary and medicinal uses.

Growing In Australia: Holy Basil is well-suited to the Australian climate, capable of growing in most regions with ease. It is particularly tolerant of the heat, making it an excellent choice for summer cultivation. The plant prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade, which is beneficial during the hottest parts of the year. It has shown resistance to common pests, including aphids and spider mites, and is less prone to diseases that commonly affect basil, such as fusarium wilt.

Benefits and Uses: Holy Basil is revered for its health benefits, including stress relief and immune system support. The leaves are rich in antioxidants and can be used fresh or dried in teas, salads, and other dishes for a unique flavour. Beyond its culinary uses, Holy Basil has applications in natural medicine, being used in homemade remedies and Ayurvedic treatments. Its essential oils are extracted for use in aromatherapy and skincare products.

Planting and Care Tips: To achieve the best results, plant Holy Basil seeds in well-draining soil after the last frost. Sow seeds directly into the ground or start them indoors if the growing season is short. Space plants about 45 cm apart to allow for adequate airflow. Water regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and add a layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Holy Basil benefits from being planted in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. Regular pruning will encourage a bushier plant and prevent early flowering, extending the harvest period.

150+ heirloom seeds

Sowing Information

Plant Type: Annual/Perennial
Sow When: Temperate: Spring
                   Subtropical: Spring
                   Tropical: All year
Sow Where: Direct/Trays
Sow Depth: 5mm
Germination: 7-14 days 
Position: Full Sun
Plant Spacing: 40cm
Row Spacing: 50cm
Plant Height: 50cm
Harvest: 90-110 days

Climate Zone

The image below will help you determine which climate zone you are in, and allow you to choose the best varieties for your area.

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Karen

Arrived fast. As described. Great strike rate. Will buy again.

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Jason

Great packaging and simple ordering system. Fast delivery!

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Malcolm H.
Holy basil seeds

Seeds arrived promptly (with bonus sunflowerseeds). I sowed a few seeds immediately and germination was very successful. However, growth is very slow - which doesn't surprise me given my location (southern Vic) and the lateness of the season. The remaining bulk of seeds I will sow in spring.