Origin: SE Asia
Basil 'Thai (Bai Horapa)'
Preferred Situation: Sunny warm sites; well draining moist garden soil
Harvest Date: Saturday 01 September, 2012
Seed count: 60-75
An Asian basil used extensively in many Thail, Vietnamese and Laotian dishes from soups, curries, salads, and stir-fries. Imparts a strong distinct flavour that its also called 'Licorice/Anise' basil or Bai Horpapa. Lance shaped leaves are less round than the European/Western varieties along with it's red stems and flower stalks they can't be confused. Makes a 45 cm tall bushy plant. Tender perennial.
Germination WILL NOT happen at temps less than 10C. Use a well draining humus rich soil/medium. Optimum germination temp 15C. Sow, mist well. Keep moist and warm. A clear plastic cover will improve success. Transplant at 4 true leaf stage into individual pots and grow on. Can be directly sowed, but do so only after you're safe from any frost.