How to grow Thai basil

Thai basil grow and care – shrub‎ type of basil of genus Ocimum also known as Thailand basil, Thai basil perennial or cold annual plant used as edible plant for the leaves also used as ornamental plant and it’s fragrant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10b+ (perennial), 5-10 (as annual).

Thai basil leaves

Leaves color light to dark green leaves with purple stems, leaf shape is ovate.

Flower color purple, small flowers grow on inflorescence.

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How to grow Thai basil growing and care:

Well drained soil, Add more water in hot summer days, thinning the flower

How to care:
Add more water in hot summer days, fertilizer 2-4 year, put organic matter, prune once a year and consider to prune the bloom stems

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in Thai basil?
Not necessary but possible vegetative reproduction

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Nothing special

Recommended planting season?
Spring

Pests and diseases:
Spring as annual, spring, summer, autumn as perennial

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
Prune the inner branches

Size of the plant?
20-50cm, 8-20 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 5-12 liter (1.5-3 gallon) amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer

General information about the flower
Small purple flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Should thinning the inflorescence when they start to bloom, all the strength of the plant go to the blossom

Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
After the plant in full size you can start to trim all the season

How to harvest the leaves?
Trim branches but leave few buds on the branch

Information about leaves:
Green oval leaves

Uses of Thai basil leaves:
Pesto, spices

How to grow Thai basil from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Easy to start grow from seeds, moist soil, full sun, well drained soil

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry

Sowing season:
Spring after the last frost

Planting spacing:
25-30 can be sow direct

Depth of Sowing:
0.4-0.6 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Germination time:
1-2 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, moist soil

Do the seeds require burying?
No

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum ‘Thai basil’

How to grow Thai basil

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