Basil - Thai

Seed Amount:

60 to 90 days. Thai basil has lush, deep green leaves, purplish flower buds and stems, and carries anise overtones to its sweet basil scent. It is added by the big handfuls in whole leaves, to green and red curries and spicy stir-fried dishes; sprigs of it regularly appear with other herbs on vegetable platters to be nibbled on with spicy salads and chili dips.

Thai Basil Herb Garden Planting Seed

Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflorum

Native to Asia, Thai Basil benefits from full sun, emitting a sweet scent similar to licorice and anise. It is very common in all cuisines. Pairs well with tomato. Grow in containers outdoors or indoors. Just make sure that Thai Basil receives plenty of sunlight.

  • Height - 18 inches
  • Spacing - 12 to 18 inches
  • Spread - 1 to 2 inches
  • Depth - 2 inches

When harvesting, be gentle as this herb bruises easily. If blooms appear, pinch off just below them to promote more leaf growth.

Approx. 16,500 seeds/oz.

Growing Thai Basil Microgreens

Thai Basil Seeds: ocimum basilcum
Seeding: Approximately 1 Oz. of seed for a 10x20 tray
Seed Presoak: No (mucilaginous)
Growing Medium: hydroponic, soil
Preferred Medium: hydroponic for microgreens, soil for baby greens and adult stage
Germination Rate: high
Germination Time: 3 to 4 days
Microgreens Harvest time: 8 to 12 days
Microgreens Ideal Harvest: 10 days
Baby Salad / Adult Stage Harvest: 16+ days (grow in soil)
Micro Greens Color: green
Micro Greens Flavor: basil with a distinct hint of anise / licorice
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Notes & Growing Tips: Thai Basil is a mucilaginous seed, meaning that it develops a jelly-like coating when it gets wet. Mist more frequently to keep the coating moist. Grows very well hydroponically and does better in well-lit conditions. Basil grows more slowly than other micros, and the stems don't grow nearly as tall as most other micros. You may experiment with harvest times past 10 days. Thai basil is common in Thai and other asian dishes because it has a a basil flavor with a hint of licorice/anise.

The flavor of micro basil is a bit more intense than adult basil.

***Note: Although we have indicated the specific medium that this particular seed prefers, you can still experiment with either soil or hydroponic mediums. Results may vary.

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