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Holy Basil  

Ocimum sanctum

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Holy Basil is part of the Ocimum genus and its scientific name is Ocimum sanctum. The sanctum part of this plant's botanical name means 'holy'.

Tropical annual herb with many branches considered sacred by the Hindus.

The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Android robot green

Holy Basil grows as an annual and is a flowering edible herb / ornamental. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year.

Holy Basil is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.95 feet (that's 60.0 cm in metric) with a forb habit.

India is believed to be where Holy Basil originates from.

Typically, Holy Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Holy Basil have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Holy Basil

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Similar to sweet basil in its needs.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 7 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Holy Basil is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors.

See our list of companion Plants for Holy Basil to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Holy Basil from seed

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Holy Basil about 20 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Holy Basil

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Holy Basil is a tender plant.

By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Holy Basil about 40 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Holy Basil

This variety has a strong camphor flavor and is not interchangeable with sweet basil for cooking. It is more of a medicinal and herbal tea variety.

How long does Holy Basil take to grow?

These estimates for how long Holy Basil takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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When should I plant Holy Basil?

Our when to plant Holy Basil estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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20 days before Last Frost Date
When to plant out The number of days to plant out Holy Basil before or after your last frost date.
40 days after Last Frost Date

Holy Basil Etymology

The name Tulsi in Sanskrit means ‘the incomparable one’.2

Holy Basil Folklore & Trivia

May reduce cholesterol and blood glucose levels. 1

Other names for Holy Basil

Tulsi, Kemangen

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