TULSI (Holy Basil) SEED SET (5 seed packets): Amrita, Krishna, Rama, Temperate & Vana, organic

$12.90

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Amrita, Krishna, Rama and Vana are perennial, Hardy to zone 10 to 12.  Temperate tulsi is an annual.

The TULSI set consists of five full sized packets of Holy Basil (Tulsi) used to make the health-promoting tea in ayurvedic medicine. These are: The lovely Amrita Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), the purple-leaved Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), the green Rama Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), the large leaved perennial bush basil Vana Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum) and the easy-to-grow green-leaved Temperate Tulsi (Ocimum africanum).

Prepare a flat of potting soil or a fine seedbed in spring and scatter seeds on surface, then press in and keep evenly moist and warm until germination, which is rapid.  Tropical types (Rama, Krishna, Vana, Amrita) are best started in strong light in very warm conditions.  The temperate tulsi will germinate on a windowsill.  Transplant or thin to 1 foot apart.  Regarding the temperate tulsi (previously misnomered “Kapoor”), we tested this cultivar and confirmed the eugenol marker, and subsequent genetic testing shows it to be a basil of African origin–Ocimum africanum.  This is the holy basil my wife and I grow for ourselves to make into tea.  We find it very satisfying, with aroma most appealing.   Traditional usage (Ayurveda): stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.  Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to get started.

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5 full-sized packets, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Terre

    Will any of these grow well in a windowsill or on a roof? Unfortunately that’s all the space I have at the moment.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Terre,
      Thanks for contacting. As part of our experimental work last year, we mulched the roof of a shipping container and planted temperate tulsi there. Very good plant health and yields! Ocimum africanum seems to like roofs. Go ahead!
      Richo

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    • Glynis

      Can you please let me know specific instructions for growing indoors as I live in UK so don’t have heat for outdoor growing

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Glynis, The Temerate Tulsi will grow in your climate in the outdoors. Tulsi is never really happy growing indoors, unless in a bright solarium or in a greenhouse (glasshouse). Use standard culture for potted plants and give as much warmth, light and compost as possible.
      Richo

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    Donna

    When I search the web for Ocimum aftricanum I get results for lemon basil. But it looks like there is another lemon basil, Ocimum citriodorum. Are they really different?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Donna,
      This is a very complex subject. Lemon basil would be one of the common names for Ocimum africanum but if you bought a lemon basil from any number of nurseries it would not be the same as our holy basil. This is a tetraploid strain that was stabilized in antiquity.
      Richo

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    • Jon Place (verified owner)

      Beautiful, vigorous germination!
      Over here in Vermont, beautiful, vigorous germination in your beloved seed stock! 90% + germination rate in first week, including Amrita! Thank you – Om Namah Shivaya.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Jon, Amrita is our best. Richo

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    penelope

    I am looking for Tulsi Kapoor. I got seeds from you several years ago, and now I can’t find it on your website

    Do you still have it? Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Kapoor was a misnomer for the temperate tulsi, which has now been identified as Ocimum africanum. You want to get the temperate tulsi.

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    • Cliff (verified owner)

      So the “Temperate” Tulsi in the 5 pack IS Ocimum africanum (Formerly known as Kapoor)?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, we do put a pack of temperate tulsi in the tulsi set. This seed has been oft-mislabeled, starting with Abundant Life (now defunct) that called it “Holy Basil Ocimum sanctum” and continuing with our catalogue where we misnomered it both “Rama” and “Kapoor.” My only defense is that I was the first to identify it correctly as Ocimum africanum. At this point the milk has been largely diluted by the addition of many waters. We’ll probably just keep calling it “Temperate Tulsi” which is a functional name that may be somewhat helpful. Other catalogues continue to call it “Holy Basil” which is equally misleading. The HPTLC we’ve done on the plant shows that it does contain some of the active chemistry that makes tulsi work, and the genetic analysis shows its African origin.

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    • Cliff (verified owner)

      Thanks so much for the information, Richo! And your “defense” being the first to identify it is indeed a perfectly good defense! I grew all these from a batch of seeds I bought from you some time back – What a beautiful thing these basil varieties are 🙂

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, they say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder yet the beauty of tulsi is self-realized.

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    Jessica

    How many seeds are in a ‘full sized packet’?

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    • Judy

      Admin Judy

      You can find all the seed packets in the collection individually on our website. The seed count for each packet is as follows.
      Amrita Tulsi 50
      Krishna Tulsi 20
      Rama Tulsi 50
      Temperate Tulsi 50
      Vana Tulsi 30

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    • Liz

      Can I grow these in zone 6b (Lancaster County, PA)? I was sooo wanting to grow this. Potted? Or will it simply not grow in my zone? 🙁 Thanks!

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    • 1 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Liz, sorry for the confusion. All of the tulsis will grow for you as summer annuals. Any Zone designations have to do with its ability to overwinter. richo

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      Liz Lane

      Thanks so much Richo! So happy I can grow them! I love the Holy Basil tincture I have and would love to grow my own. Thanks and have a great day!

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    • mlincoln3 (verified owner)

      Liz, I grow these in zone 6a in the ground in my large tulsi patch and they do very well. I start them early before setting out, then plant. Had a bumper crop last fall. What a blessing!

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  5. Ryan

    Ryan

    They grow and produce leaves quickly. I eat the leaves in the evening to help with anxiety prior to sleeping. I have tried all kinds of medicines and melatonin, but nothing works as well as the soothing and calming effect of the holy basil leaves.

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