Sacred Basil Seeds -Ocimum Sanctum by Hudson Valley Seed Company
Tulsi, considered a sacred plant in the Hindu religion, has been cultivated for at least 3,000 years. Known as the “Incomparable One,” “Queen of the Herbs,” and “Elixir of Life,” the scent, as well as preparations of the herb, have been used to heal for centuries. Today’s plant scientists classify Sacred Basil as an “adaptogen”—a substance that helps us adapt mentally and physically to stressful circumstances. One whiff of its exquisite aroma and you’ll understand why.
Start seeds indoors 6 weeks before last frost and transplant when plants have 2 sets of true leaves after the threat of frost has passed. It can also be direct sown outdoors after the last frost and thinned to indicated spacing. Basil requires moderate fertility and water. Harvest when plants are bushy, before flowers form by cutting the stems above smaller, leafy growth. Tulsi basil can be dried immediately after harvesting and kept for months. Self-sows.