Ocimum x citriodorum 'Siam Queen'
Basil 'Siam Queen'
Ocimum x citriodorum Thai basil 'Siam Queen' is a particularly fragrant variety with distinct improvement over other varieties. It features an extra-large leaf with an intense liquorice fragrance. The bright green leaves make an attractive foil for its purple-red stems which bear violet-pink flowers. Superb as a container plant on the patio or you could try growing basil on the kitchen windowsill and in convenient containers outside the back door. Height: 45cm (18in). Spread: 30cm (12in).
|Botanical name||Ocimum x citriodorum|
|Common name||Basil 'Siam Queen'|
|Flower colour||Purple, Red|
|Flowering time||Summer, Autumn|
|Plant type||Herb Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow basil seed from February to June, or sow throughout the year for indoor cultivation out of season. Sow seed on the surface of free draining seed compost and cover with a light sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator at a temperature of 15-25C (59-77F) or seal the container inside a polythene bag until after germination, which takes 14-21 days. Keep the compost slightly dry at all times, watering very lightly as seedlings emerge. When they are large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm (3in) pots and grow basil plants on in cooler conditions.|