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Thai basil – Plant
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Thai basil plant is a member of the mint family and has a particular sweet flavor reminiscent of anise, licorice and clove. Thai basil plants are grown for their culinary uses as well as an ornamental specimen. Thai basil plants or Sweet Thai can grow to a height of between 12 to 18 inches with leaves 1 to 2 inches long on purple stems with purple flowers. Like sweet basil, Thai basil is a perennial. Freshly picked leaves can be added to salads, soups, and sandwiches or dried for winter use.
Instructions for planting:
- Thai Basil needs to get 6 to 8 hours of full Sun daily.
- Soil should be moist and well-drained.
- Plant seeds/seedlings about ¼-inch deep and 10 to 12 inches apart.
- They should grow to about 12 to 24 inches in height.
- During the dry periods in summer, water the plants freely.
- Instructions for care:
- Handle the plants carefully, as they are quite delicate.
- Plant the new basil in a sunny area, water in and fertilize with a nutrient rich manure.
- Sun is a key ingredient. Thai basil plants need at least six hours of direct sunlight to flourish.
- Water weekly but keep the water off the leaves; water from the base.
- After the seedlings have their first six leaves, prune to above the second set.
- Every time a branch has six to eight leaves, repeat pruning the branches back to their first set of leaves.
- To prevent early flowering, pinch off the center shoot. If flowers do grow, just cut them off.