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    Default Growing Thai Basil

    Thus is a bit of a cross post but.... I planted various Thai Basils over two months ago closer to three months actually. The seeds came from my wifes family. Initially I planted outside in seed trays in a mini greenhouse. For weeks they did not germinate . Eventually tiny shoots appeared. I brought them inside the house and slowly they they grew up. I now have various trays indoors and some trays and pots on window sills. It has taken ages for them to get to this stage. By contrast various Italian Basils that I have on window ledges in another part of the house are massive and were always a month ( or more ) ahead of the Thai basils in germinating and growing. The various Thai basils are getting eaten most nights now. Once established in a warm sunny spot they have continued to grow after picking . They take time to grow compared with the Italians and like it less ( or not at all ) outdoors.
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    How about Kapow, just can't get mine to grow past the tiny shoots phase ?

    My horapha took off like a monster but I then put it outside and the insects must like Thai Food as they've decimated the leaves ? Did you use any chemicals / feeder ? They are most impressive...reckon my missus would smell that from a mile off...

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    My Kapow failed initially when outside but when I brought it in and set it in a sunny spot very slowly it grew, very slowly. It really is close to three months . I did not bother thinning as you can see. I do have some planted outside also. That Kapow is little more than a few inches high even after all this time. Its edible and tasty but you dont get much from each plant it really does in my opinion do best indoors in the sun.

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    Whatever you've got growing next to the garden shed looks pretty impressive Richard. You don't get bothered by the Met helicopter overhead at night do you?

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    Even here in sunny Mediterranean Portugal the Thai basils are a struggle. The Italian one goes wild, the Thai sweet basil does OK but lags a long way behind, as for the real kapow...it lags even further behind and rarely gives us more than a few handfulls of leaves and some seed for next year. The caterpillars don't bother it much though...obviously haven't developed the taste yet.

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    Here in Essex its Hoo Hing for that sort of stuff as growing is a no go due to clay soil I am told by an expert gardener type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phetchy View Post
    Whatever you've got growing next to the garden shed looks pretty impressive Richard. You don't get bothered by the Met helicopter overhead at night do you?
    They cant fly that low. The "fermented " fish fumes interfere with the avionics.

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    Colin244 - whenever we go to HooHing the Horapha is sold out ? Haven't bothered going for a few months is it any better ?

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    Pot luck mate as the Chinese buy it there too and they don't seem to stock much however if you go to the Hoo Hing in Chadwell Heath Essex which is the head office and logistics centre (all the artics are there) there is a room behind the fish counter you can go in and find stuff not yet on the shelves.

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    I wonder what happened to the "shortage/vegetable ban" http://www.thailand-uk.com/forums/sh...e-(Thai-Basil)

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    Not sure if this link is already on here somewhere Thai seeds

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    Hi

    Where do you get Kaprow seeds, love it and want to grow it!?

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    rocketmanbkk. If you are in Thailand, everywhere. e.g. Tesco Lotus

    Sorry, just checked and you are in Berkshire, so don't know.

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    It's in my link above " Thai holy Basil "
    Buy cheap, pay twice.

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    Great post! Just ordered some. see how it grows.

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    hi
    firstly your plants look great , just orderedd some holy basil plants of the net, should arrive in 10 days

    just wondering what compost you use , if i get results like you yours the wife and daughter will be very happy

    thanks for your help

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    may we ask where you ordered them from ?

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    I expect from the link in my post above #14
    Buy cheap, pay twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne View Post
    may we ask where you ordered them from ?
    hi got them from urban - allotments .com also bought a self watering container

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    i spoke today to simpson seeds today based at longleat. They also grow young plants and given up trying to grow kapow as in holy basil.

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