Basil Thai Siam Queen Seeds

Basil Thai Siam Queen Seeds

Ocimum basilicum

Item #5025

Annual. Thai basil is known in Thailand as “Horapha,” and is known to the Vietnamese as “Hung Que” (eaten raw with noodle soup in the morning). Siam Queen basil is a distinct improvement over old Thai basils; the yields are impressive with leaves twice the size of other Thai basils, 3"–4" long by 1½"–2" wide. Perfect variety for containers, and a beautiful addition to flower gardens.

This packet sows four 9‑foot rows.



Annual

Full sun to
part shade

2' tall and wide

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1/4"

Seed Spacing:
A group of 3 seeds every 12"

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


When to sow outside: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F. Basil is very sensitive to frost. Must have warm temperatures to germinate. Successive Sowings: Every 2 to 4 weeks for most tender crop.

When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting outside.

Harvesting: Basil is typically harvested before the plant flowers. Flavor is best when harvested in the morning. The young, top leaves taste the best and should be used fresh; the older leaves may be used for vinegar and pesto. Cut a few stems at a time, but never harvest more than 1/3 of the plant if you want it to keep producing. If there is any chance of temperatures dropping to 32°F, harvest crop immediately; basil is very frost sensitive.

Artist: Renee Jorgensen



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