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Growing Thai Basil กะเพรา

Thai Basil is an easy plant to grow and is used in many Thai Recipes for making great spicy Thai food, in Thailand Thai Basil is known as Holy Basil and has an anise flavor, it also has nice purple flowers which do need pinching off to contain the flavour.
Thai basil seeds can be bought at just about any Thai nursery for around 20baht a packet and is one of the most popular Thai herbs, at the Thai nursery you will find a choice of many other Thai seeds available for herbs and vegetables.
If you have an excess of Basil then this page on Preserving Basil could solve your problems

Growing Holy Basil Quick Overview

The minimum temperature to grow Thai Basil is around 50 degrees F, your Basil plants will need a minimum of 4-6 hours of sunlight perday, they will grow in most reasonable soils.
Your Basil seeds need to be planted 1/8 of an inch down in well drained soil that is going to be kept moist, it will take between 7 - 14 days for your seedlings to appear.
Pinch out excess flowers and take leaves from the top to prepare delicious meals.

Growing Thai Basil the Complete Overview

Thai Basil grows easily in Thailand, it loves the light and loves the warmth, so the more sun you can give your Basil Plants the better they will fare if you are in a temperate climate.
If you are somewhere dark and dreary you can resort to artificial lighting for your basil plants, there are many choices from full spectrum fluorescent bulbs to full Spectrum LEDs, the choice is yours.
Most dark well drained soils will be suitable with an optimum ph of between 6.0 and 7.5, sprinkle your seeds in rows of around 12 to 18 inches apart and cover with 1/8th of an inch of soil, to help retain heat and moisture a clear plastic sheet can be put over the area and held down by stones or stakes.
Once your seedlings are big enough space them out to 10 to 12 inches apart.
For fertilizing your basil make sure temperatures are above 60 degrees and use a slow release fertilizer.
6 to 8 weeks and your now ready to start harvesting your basil leaves, take from the top, rinse in cold water and add to the meal of your choice.

Basil Plant Care

Once your Basil plant is established care is quite simple, pinch out excess or all flowers, keep watered, warm and in the sun, harvest leaves from the top of the plant, keep an eye out for the little critters especially in the tropics.

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