Tulsi Holy Basil Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 72 feet.
4.4285714285714 out of 5 stars
(14 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Known as the Queen of Herbs in India, tulsi is considered to be sacred. This type of holy basil is also known as kapoor, or temperate basil. It is distinguished by its bubble-gum scent, frost-tolerance, and fast-growing nature. Its health-promoting properties are said to help combat stress and other medical concerns. If allowed to flower, it is a bee magnet and it may reseed. Grow indoors for a continuous supply of fresh leaves throughout the winter.
$2.69 300 mg (~140 seeds)

Botanical Name: Ocimum sp.

Family: Laminaceae

Native: Unknown

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Up to 24" tall and wide

Variety Information: This green-leaved, purplish-pink flowered tulsi basil has the aroma of bubble gum, with a spicy, fruity flavor. It is also known as kapoor or temperate tulsi, and has yet to be identified with a scientific name.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°–85°F. Successive Sowings: We recommend 3 or 4 successive sowings every 3 weeks after initial sowing.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Transplant when your nighttime temperatures are above 50°F.

Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 Days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 12"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Harvesting: Basil flavor is best before the plant flowers. Harvest up to ⅓ of the plant at a time, leaving enough for the plant to be healthy and keep producing. Harvest prior to a hard freeze.

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Tulsi Holy Basil Seeds Reviews

14 reviews

Not a sacred basil

5 out of 5 stars Mar 16, 2019
The description on the seed package is not correct. The Kapoor tulsi Basil, ocimum killmandscharicum is not a sacred Basil. The two sacred basil's are the Green Sacred Basil and the Purple Sacred Basil. They are both, Ocimum tenuiflorum.
Mike Lewis from TX
Owner Response: Hi Mike, thank you for your feedback. Kapoor basil is also often referred to as a type of sacred basil. We are sorry if this caused any confusion.

Tulsi Basil - Worth the effort!

4 out of 5 stars Mar 21, 2019
Patience pays - I live in zone 11, which should be ideal for Tulsi Basil. I've found that benign neglect, and time works best, that, and very loose soil. Once a plant gets going, feel rewarded by the unique scent, and let some of it go to flower - it will eventually self-seed. Once established it is very tolerant to seasonal change - I've had one plant for 3 years that looks like it is tree bonsai after careful trimming! Great for tea and potpourri.
Donna from FL

Went great guns!

5 out of 5 stars Aug 30, 2019
Planted tulsi seeds in pots and they did very well! Mind the amount of sun as the instructions say. One plant in direct sun at first got washed out, but sprung back when moved to a filtered sun midday-indirect late day sun area. One pot that gets morning sun only also did just as well. Vigorous growth in all.
Jennifer Indermaur from MN

Item Description

5 out of 5 stars Nov 21, 2019
The native information says unknown. It is guaranteed native to India. And I agree that Kapoor Tulsi is also a variety of holy basil. There are basically 4 varieties of holy basil, the most commonly referred holy basil is green, the purple leaf holy basil is known as Krishna tulsi. The other holy basil varieties are Rama tulsi, Vana (wild) tulsi, kapoor tulsi. If the seeds germinate and the plant looks like the picture on this packet, then it is green holy tulsi
Deepak Kolapkar from CA

Love this Holy Basil

5 out of 5 stars Feb 25, 2020
I just love this Kapoor Holy Basil. I was able to grow it from seed last summer and the plants did so well in my Midwest climate! Every morning I picked the fresh leaves for my tea. My favorite combination was Holy Basil and fresh Lemon Balm leaves infused together. It was so good, plus the health benefits of these two herbs are amazing. Holy Basil is an adaptogen and is anti-nflammatory. Lemon balm is a nervine and mood tonic, and it calms without being sedating. The combination of these two in taste and benefits is just extraordinary. The aroma of the bubble-gum scented Tulsi and lemony Lemon Balm is a delight!
Jane VanOsdol from IN

Excellent germination rate!

5 out of 5 stars Jul 3, 2020
We refer to this basil as scent leaves in Nigeria. I have been looking for for a while since I had no idea for the other names attached to it. I had so much trepidation when I decided to order it. Well, let's just say, I'm so happy with it and reminds me so much of my childhood. I germinated and also direct sowed, and both did very well. I am very happy with this product.
Caroline Agunbiade from MD

Poor germination

2 out of 5 stars Sep 23, 2020
Very few seeds germinated. I do have a small lovely plant. However I planted the whole packet in several locations, only a few germinated in a pot.
Karen Schultz from CO
Owner Response: Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry you didn't have good germination with this product. Rest assured our seeds are tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards for germination because quality is very important to us. Please know we are always here to help troubleshoot issues so you can grow your best garden ever. A customer service agent will be contacting you to help.

The bees are in heaven around this plant.

4 out of 5 stars Nov 10, 2020
My husband thought this was lavender when he saw all the bees feeding. It is a beautiful plant, will plant more next year.
Barbara Murray from VA


5 out of 5 stars Nov 19, 2020
I grew basil for the first time this year and they were amazing. The smell was wonderful and the bees were thoroughly enjoying them. I started directly in the garden and did little maintenance and they grew well.
Serena Brookman from VA

Easy plant - smells nice

5 out of 5 stars Aug 2, 2021
My tulsi plant's foliage is shorter and more compact than what you see in the photo. It filled up its hanging planter beautifully. Little pollinators LOVE its tiny flowers. I have so many seed stalks ! Plant has been very easy to grow - less picky than basil. Watering it makes it smell extra nice. It seems to drink a lot of water.
Ana from NY


5 out of 5 stars Mar 6, 2022
I love this stuff.
John from NM

Zero germination

2 out of 5 stars Apr 6, 2022
Planted holy basil in same microdome as Thai basil, following packet instructions. Bottom heat, 74 degrees F. No (0/12) seeds of holy basil germinated but Thai basil (8/12) did. Last year the packet of holy basil had about 60% germination. Head scratcher
John from NJ
Owner Response: Hi John, We are sorry you are having difficulty germinating these seeds. A customer service agent will be reaching out by email to help. Quality is very important to us. Rest assured, our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party lab to ensure germination rates meet federal and our own standards before packaging. Thank you for letting us know about your experience.


5 out of 5 stars Apr 26, 2022
These are wonderful. I was able to have 5 tulsi plants last year. And I have more growing this year! Love making tea with the leaves.
Elizabeth from PA

Beautiful bouquet filler

5 out of 5 stars Aug 16, 2022
This was a gorgeous green addition to zinnia and gomphrena bouquets this year. The plants took off and came back strong after multiple cuttings. It wafts a lovely scent as well! We left a few in a vase and all of the cuttings grew roots, I'm sure I could have planted those out as new plants. These tolerated the heat better than my purple basil in comparison. Will grow again!
Karen from OH

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