Basil, Tulsi / Sacred (Organic)

Ocimum tenuiflorum.

Tulsi is one of the best herbs to grow for tea. It smells like heaven in a teacup and also in the garden when you walk by; when it’s flowering, all of the little pollinators think so, too. The flavor is a little fruity with an accent of clove, making it seem slightly sweet. Sacred basil has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as an adaptogen and for helping to alleviate stress. Other strains of Tulsi are more commonly grown in tropical areas, however this temperate strain is more cool-weather tolerant than sweet basil and other sacred basil varieties. It produces lots of healing and delicious aromatics. This strain comes to us from Wild Garden Seed, who has been growing it since 1983, and it can be traced back to the Abundant Life Seed Foundation, sometimes being called the ‘Abundant Life’ strain. Aka, Tulasi, Kapoor Tulsi, Temperate Tulsi.


Sow in flats indoors 6 – 8 wks before last frost. Cover seeds with 1/4” of potting mix. Germinates best when soil temp is at least 70˚F. Germination in 7-10 days and are slow to start. To avoid dampening off, do not over-water seedlings. Transplant to 8” spacing in all directions. Requires full sun and high fertility.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.

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