Seed To Bloom:
80 days to harvest
Sow indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Keep at 70-90°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Of all the basils native to the tropics, sacred basil or tulsi may be the most significant. A core herb of the rich Ayurvedic tradition, it is a potent adaptogen, effectively countering stress and its effects on health. Easy to grow from seed, it loves hot weather. Later in the season, purple flower wands arise and are brewed into teas, along with freshly plucked leaves.
Keep moist—about 1" of water per week, more during particularly dry/hot spells, depending on the plant's location and sun-exposure.
Rake a few inches of compost into the soil prior to planting. Supplement with an all-purpose organic granular or liquid feed according to package instructions.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid fungal problems by placing in a location with good airflow, and do not over-water.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest mature leaves individually or on branches, being sure to leave enough plant behind for the plant to continue to flourish.