Holy Basil

Ideal to grow if you like cooking spicy Thai dishes.



holy basil

Key Facts

  • Ideal to grow if you like cooking spicy Thai dishes.
  • Easy to grow.
  • Takes about 2 to 3 months to grow
  • Seeds available online – Full details on Amazon



  • Holy basil (also called tulasi basil) is native to the indian subcontinent. It is grown extensively in southeastern Asia.
  • Very peppery flavour – often called hot basil
  • Ideal for cooking spicy Thai dishes.
  • Days from seed to harvest – about 60 to 80 (2 to 3 months)
  • About 50 cm high

Typical Holy Basil Recipes

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.

Example recipes:


How to grow basil

This basil 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 you can grow it 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 using 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. So that it will provide you with fresh herbs when you want it.

Quick Summary

  • 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.

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  1. Minze Vries

    One of the most surprising herbs I’ve grown – and great if you like hot recipes. Well worth giving a go, especially grown indoors using extra light

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