THAI BASIL Siam Queen
Annual - One Season Plant - Height 8 to 24 inches
Fragrant and flavorful, this All-America Award Winning variety can be used in a wide range of Thai, Vietnamese and other ethnic cuisine. Its spicy, licorice flavored shoots and leaves are used in salads, soups and curries. Plant growth is fairly bushy with purple stems and flowers. Approximately 75 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Start seeds indoors in flats or peat pots, or sow directly outdoors after danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed. Cover seed with 1/8 inch fine soil.
SPACING: Leave about 12 to 18 inches apart in rows or use in group plantings
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant seedlings 8 to 10 inches apart outdoors when 2 to 3 inches tall after danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed.
GERMINATION: 1 to 2 weeks depending upon soil and weather conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Siam Queen can be grown in the landscape, or on the patio in containers, alone or alongside other herbs. Don't plant Basil outside too early if the weather is cold and wet. It grows best in a sunny location in fairly rich, somewhat moist, well drained soil. Use leaves sparingly at first, more so as plants grow, pinching back shoots to encourage bushiness and discourage flowering. New shoots can be harvested for several months depending upon climate and growing conditions.