Siam Queen Thai Basil Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #00305-PK-P1
$3.95
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Description

Exotic flavor and ornamental blooms

Days to Maturity: 72 from direct sow

All-America Selections (AAS) Winner 1997

Siam Queen is as gorgeous in the garden as it is delicious on the dinner plate! The sturdy stems support extra-large, 4-inch-long and 2-inch-wide bright green leaves. Clusters of small, intensely colored deep purple flowers appear on the very top of the plant, for a highly ornamental effect. Redolent of licorice, this basil is to delightful, your only problem will be whether to grow it for cuisine or for beauty.

Unlike the sweet basils you may be familiar with from Italian cuisine and pestos, this Thai basil has a strong anise flavor and a good spicy bite. You can still detect the familiar basil taste beneath these elements, but it adds an entirely new and delicious level of seasoning to any dish. The aroma carries the spiciness as well, perfuming the warm summer air magnificently.

Siam Queen can be grown two ways: as a seasoning for food or as an ornamental plant. The way you grow the plant is slightly different for each. When you grow this, or any, basil for food, you do not want it to bloom until it absolutely must, so you will be pinching off the central stem when the plant is 6 weeks old and removing any buds the minute you see them. You will harvest the ends of any stem that has more than 8 leaves, removing all but the set of leaves nearest the stem to encourage quick regrowth. And you will harvest the entire plant before the seriously cold weather sets in, because that can kill the leaves.

When you are growing Siam Queen as an ornamental, you may still want to pinch back that central stem at 6 inches, just to stimulate the plant to grow more side-shoots, but other than that, you will welcome the development of buds and blooms. Deadhead the spent flowers quickly and this vigorous little plant may just set new ones before the season is over!

Either way, this basil is easy to start from seed. Sow the seeds either indoors in late winter or direct-sow in spring. To start indoors, sow about 6 to 8 weeks before last scheduled frost. The seeds will germinate in 5 to 10 days. Transplant when they have 2 sets of true leaves, spacing the plants 12 to 15 inches apart in the garden, or in your best containers.

If you are direct-sowing, wait until the soil has thoroughly warmed up in spring. Then cover the seeds with about ¼-inch of soil, and thin the young plants to 12 to 15 inches apart when they are about 2 inches tall.

Basil loves hot weather and plenty of sunshine, but it needs consistently moist, rich soil. Mulch the plants to retain moisture, and water heavily during dry spells. Enjoy Siam Queen as a flavor addition, an ornamental, or both.

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Genus Ocimum
Species basilicum
Variety Siam Queen Thai
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Summer
Days to Maturity 72
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 2 ft 6 in
Plant Width 24 in
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Cut-and-Come-Again, Edible, Fragrance, Herbs, Needs Deadheading, Pest Fighter
Foliage Color Medium Green
Harvest Season Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

January 30, 2022

Very Disappointed!

This shopper rated the product 1 out of 5 stars

I've grown thai basil in my Aerogarden for many years and have always been very pleased. Seeds from this pkt. produced a plant with misshapen leathery leaves, a mild basil flavor, and a spongy leaf texture. The plant will soon be in the compost bin and the seeds in the trashcan. Wish I could attach a photo.

ChrisP from GA
March 04, 2014

Amazing!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This stuff grows easily and you can't kill it until the first freeze comes. Drought, heavy rain, fertilizer, no fertilizer... it just keeps going. Attracts bees and butterflies. Beautiful purple flowers against soft and bright green leaves makes it not only an amazingly flavored basil, but a very attractive plant in the garden. I grow it every year!

Rachael from FL
January 16, 2014

Yummy

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

The best tasting basil around, spicy licorice flavor. Somewhat easy to grow, loves heat/sun and water, but to much water on the plant itself can ruin or kill the plant. Do them in containers and keep them out of the heavy rains.

Mike from NH
January 08, 2014

Thriving tomatoes

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent variety! Never planted a single seed that didn't grow and thrive. Nice plant for decorative/ornamental purposes and even better for cooking with tomatoes!

soufcakboi from SC

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