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ethnicchower Mar 26, 2012 05:01 PM

I have been trying to find holy basil in local South East Asian shops, with no luck.

I am now considering the possibility of planting the seeds in my small backyard. Does anyone know of a good place to buy holy basil seeds (online)?

Thank you in advance for any advice!

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    jumpingmonk Mar 27, 2012 04:53 PM

    There are literally TONS of places online that sell it (actually this is one of the many times I really sorry Chowhound doesn't have a PM function, as I have gobs of holy basil seed lying around) there are plenty of people on the store side of ebay who sell seed, but most sell it by the pound (for people who want to drink it) so that's probably waay more than you need try one or more of these
    http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/product_details.aspx?item_no=01335
    http://rareseeds.com/herbs-a-l/basil/basil-thai-holy-kaprao.html
    http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web...

    note that there are a lot of strains of holy basil (actually there are 3-4 seperate species), same as with sweet basil

    this last link is for plants, not seeds (and holy basil is currently out of season here but I am including it as they have a few strains (plus they are one of the few places I know that also sells tree basil/clove basil.)

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      ethnicchower Mar 27, 2012 05:27 PM

      Great info, thanks a lot!

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        jumpingmonk Mar 27, 2012 06:19 PM

        MY pleasure. P.S. if you do decide to use the plant one at some point, need other plants to make up the lot (you need 6 to ship) I reccomend a conehead thyme. It a b**ch to get established, but once you do it isn't very demanding, and the flavor is one of the oddes you have ever tasted (like thyme crossed with strong black pepper).

      2. re: jumpingmonk
        huiray Mar 27, 2012 07:13 PM

        This one is also a good place to get seeds from: http://www.evergreenseeds.com/thaibas...

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        GreenThumbsUp Apr 20, 2012 08:05 AM

        hi there...
        think outside the box. Do you know anyone who is growing it. Can they give you some extra seeds.
        As far as buying it online, getting the seeds through customs may be tricky. A lot of countries don't let seeds (even small time seed packets) into the country. If you have to get them from another country see if you can find a company that has documentation that the seeds are safe and free of disease and will not harm native plants....( Try and go as local as you can, call a university, see if they have any seeds they can give you.
        If all else fails there are lots of varieties out there you can grow.
        http://homegardening101.com/2012/03/d...

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        1. re: GreenThumbsUp
          huiray Apr 20, 2012 09:08 AM

          It looks like the OP lives in Seattle. Of the 4 suppliers listed above, 3 are in the US. Richters is in Canada (Ontario) but ships to addresses in the US (from Buffalo) per their website.

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            cacruden May 5, 2012 10:34 AM

            It is funny, I brought seeds back to Canada through Japan for my after (including holy basil) and Japan did let it through BUT they opened each and every seed package and inspected each seed in each package :p

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              Chowrin Jun 12, 2012 08:46 PM

              probably made the beagle crazy.
              figure the dill does that, at least...

          2. Glencora Apr 20, 2012 10:17 AM

            I like buying seeds on Etsy because they're usually offered small amounts, are inexpensive and I'm buying from an individual instead of a corporation. They're usually fresh, too. Not everything is available, but you could take a look.

            1. DonShirer Apr 21, 2012 05:38 PM

              Johnny's Seeds and The Growers Exchange have it, but you'll probably get the most seeds for your money with a $2.50 packet from J. L. Hudson.

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                cacruden May 5, 2012 10:46 AM

                If you have problems growing them - it might be due to the lack of strong light or cooler temperatures. If that is the case, the next time try growing them indoors under a strong grow light.

                1. iL Divo May 6, 2012 07:33 PM

                  thanks for inquiring because I'd not heard of such a thing.

                  I read this because my basil seeds are not doing anything.

                  maybe I bought some bad or old Burpee packages, but by now, they should be turning into leaves. they aren't though, dang....

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                    cacruden May 9, 2012 06:03 AM

                    If they sprouted, I would doubt it would be the seeds themselves. Often in northern climates greenhouses will have "Metal Halide" and possibly "High Pressure Sodium" grow lights to increase the intensity or supplement light for growing plants. It does not mean it is the only possibility - there could be many. Holy Basil grows in SE Asia, but I did not see them in specialty stores in Toronto -- which makes me think the local climate is not suitable for growing the holy basil .... which would have a ready market in Toronto (believe that Vietnamese also use it; and there is a sizeable Vietnamese population). If it were available from the US it would have been imported (IMHO). So you have to think about the Thai climate which is constantly hot (27+ celcius), and has a good steady 10 - 12 hours of high intensity sunlight. I am guessing that you probably grow other plants - so nutrients or watering would not likely be the issue.

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                      jumpingmonk May 9, 2012 12:59 PM

                      Well, I had one holy basil plant show up spontaneously on my patio last year, which could only have come from a seed dropped by the plant the previos year that over wintered in the soil (I'm in New York). So the seed can survive outdoors on occasion even here.

                  2. jpr54_1 Jun 2, 2012 01:34 PM

                    i planted som holy basil seeds in a pod of my aerogarden
                    they took bout a week to spout.
                    hopefully they will do well.
                    my seeds r from baker creek heirloom seed company
                    the seed i have r thai holy holy kaprao basil

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                      cacruden Jun 2, 2012 11:37 PM

                      Good luck, I would have problems without the holy basil. I eat "Pat Graprao nuea" (stir fried holy basil with beef & thai chilies) several times a week - so I would have a hard time doing without :p

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