The Tulasi or Holy Basil herb is ideal to grow if you like cooking spicy Thai dishes.
Although sometimes confused with Thai Basil the Holy Basil herb is completely different and has such a peppery flavour that it is often referred to as ‘hot basil’.
Please note that another herb ‘white holy basil’ is again slightly different, and often used for seafood dishes.
How to grow basil
Available from Amazon this herb is native to the Indian subcontinent and is cultivated throughout the Southeast Asian tropics.
Basil is ideally suited for planting outside in a pot on a balcony or terrace or inside on a sunny windowsill (or using lighting)
It loves warm very sunny conditions and hates cold draughts. If you want to grow basil in soil then:
- Sow thinly into soil at a depth of 6mm
- Will germinate in 12 to 40 days
- Thin the seedlings or transplant leaving 38 cm between plants
Growing Basil using Hydroponics or Aquaponics
Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow usning hydroponics – as it will be ready to be harvested quicker than planted in soil.
But in addition it is ideal for aquaponics – especially because it loves nitrogen. In addition, whether using hydroponics or aquaponics you will be able to grow it all year around – providing you with fresh herhs when you want it.
- Also known as Tulsi, Holy Basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum.
- Often cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes. And has an important role in Hinduism as an elixir of life.
- The plant has strongly scented green or purple leaves and purplish elongated flowers.