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Organic Thai Basil

Organic Thai Basil

Bold Basil: Subtle Licorice, Irresistible Taste

Thai Basil, with a bolder taste than sweet basil and a subtle hint of licorice, features smaller leaves with purple stems, making attractive garnishes. Widely used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, its popularity has surged due to the discovery of delectable regional dishes. Compact in size, it is an ideal choice for container gardening.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Selecting the Right Location

Thai Basil thrives in warm, sunny conditions. Choose a location in your garden that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Ensure that the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter. If growing Thai Basil indoors, place it near a south-facing window where it can receive ample sunlight.

Planting Thai Basil

Plant Thai Basil starts when the soil temperature is around 50°F. Plant them at the same depth as they were in their containers. Water thoroughly after planting to help the roots establish in the soil. Pot it indoors in winter for a consistent, year-round yield. Ensure optimal conditions for growth by starting the plant directly when the soil temperature reaches the threshold. Basil is sensitive to temperatures below 50°F, so bringing it indoors during winter guarantees a continuous and reliable supply throughout the year.

Watering and Care

Thai Basil plants require regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist, especially during hot, dry weather. Water the plants at the base to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. Avoid overwatering, as Thai Basil is susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soil. Mulching around the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Fertilizing

Thai Basil is a light feeder and does not require heavy fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to promote healthy growth and abundant foliage. Alternatively, top-dressing with compost or organic matter can provide the necessary nutrients for optimal growth.

Pest and Disease Management

Thai Basil is relatively pest-resistant but may occasionally attract pests such as aphids, spider mites, or whiteflies. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pests and treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil if necessary. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.

Harvesting Thai Basil

Thai Basil can be harvested once the plants reach a height of 6 to 8 inches and have developed several sets of leaves. To harvest, pinch off individual leaves or cut stems just above a set of leaves using clean, sharp scissors or pruners. Regular harvesting encourages bushy growth and prolongs the harvesting period.

Overwintering

In colder climates, Thai Basil is grown as an annual and will not survive freezing temperatures. However, you can extend the growing season by bringing potted Thai Basil plants indoors before the first frost. Place them in a sunny window and continue to harvest fresh leaves throughout the winter months.

Growing Thai Basil is a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy fresh, aromatic leaves right from your garden or kitchen windowsill. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this guide, you can successfully cultivate Thai Basil and enhance your culinary creations with its delightful flavor and fragrance.

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Description

Thai Basil, with a bolder taste than sweet basil and a subtle hint of licorice, features smaller leaves with purple stems, making attractive garnishes. Widely used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, its popularity has surged due to the discovery of delectable regional dishes. Compact in size, it is an ideal choice for container gardening.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Selecting the Right Location

Thai Basil thrives in warm, sunny conditions. Choose a location in your garden that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Ensure that the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter. If growing Thai Basil indoors, place it near a south-facing window where it can receive ample sunlight.

Planting Thai Basil

Plant Thai Basil starts when the soil temperature is around 50°F. Plant them at the same depth as they were in their containers. Water thoroughly after planting to help the roots establish in the soil. Pot it indoors in winter for a consistent, year-round yield. Ensure optimal conditions for growth by starting the plant directly when the soil temperature reaches the threshold. Basil is sensitive to temperatures below 50°F, so bringing it indoors during winter guarantees a continuous and reliable supply throughout the year.

Watering and Care

Thai Basil plants require regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist, especially during hot, dry weather. Water the plants at the base to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. Avoid overwatering, as Thai Basil is susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soil. Mulching around the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Fertilizing

Thai Basil is a light feeder and does not require heavy fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to promote healthy growth and abundant foliage. Alternatively, top-dressing with compost or organic matter can provide the necessary nutrients for optimal growth.

Pest and Disease Management

Thai Basil is relatively pest-resistant but may occasionally attract pests such as aphids, spider mites, or whiteflies. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pests and treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil if necessary. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.

Harvesting Thai Basil

Thai Basil can be harvested once the plants reach a height of 6 to 8 inches and have developed several sets of leaves. To harvest, pinch off individual leaves or cut stems just above a set of leaves using clean, sharp scissors or pruners. Regular harvesting encourages bushy growth and prolongs the harvesting period.

Overwintering

In colder climates, Thai Basil is grown as an annual and will not survive freezing temperatures. However, you can extend the growing season by bringing potted Thai Basil plants indoors before the first frost. Place them in a sunny window and continue to harvest fresh leaves throughout the winter months.

Growing Thai Basil is a rewarding experience that allows you to enjoy fresh, aromatic leaves right from your garden or kitchen windowsill. By following the tips and guidelines outlined in this guide, you can successfully cultivate Thai Basil and enhance your culinary creations with its delightful flavor and fragrance.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Attracts Bees/Butterflies
  • Container Compatible
  • Does Not Require Support
  • Edible Flower
  • Fragrant
  • Good for Drying
  • Greenhouse Compatible
  • Requires Summer Water
  • Useful for Ornamental

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 3 - 8
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Herbaceous
Life Cycle : Tender Annual
Plant Usage : Attracts Bees/Butterflies
Plant Usage : Culinary Herb
Plant Usage : Ornamental
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Summer
Soil pH : 6.0 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun
Useful Plant Part : Leaves

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Plant in full sun in well-draining soil. Basil does not require fertile soil, however it performs best when organic matter is added. Provide even water throughout development. 

Planting & Growing: Plant starts directly when the soil reaches 50F. Basil will not perform below 50°F; pot indoors during winter for a year-round supply. 

Harvesting & Storage: Regular harvesting will keep production high. Use leaves fresh or frozen. Remove flower stalks to extend the harvest. Be sure to make the last harvest before the first frost.

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Guarantee

We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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