Herbs & Spices · Siam King & Queen

Taiwanese Basil: all grown up!

Haven't written about my taiwanese basil 九層塔 plants, who I nicknamed siam king (白骨 green/white stemmed) & siam queen (紅骨 purple/red stemmed, not to be confused with the actual siam queen cultivar of thai basil), for almost two months now. I started them from cuttings, letting them root in water, before planting them in soil. From… Continue reading Taiwanese Basil: all grown up!

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Herbs & Spices · Life lessons from the farm · Siam King & Queen

Taiwanese Basil Update: Water to soil (finally)

Okay firstly, I have to quote myself from 14 days ago: If all goes well (fingers crossed), within less than a week, roots will be forming from the nodes, and then it will be time to transfer to pots. Well, that didn't happen. Roots didn't form on the Taiwanese basil 九層塔 (both white and red)… Continue reading Taiwanese Basil Update: Water to soil (finally)

Herbs & Spices · Siam King & Queen

Thai / Taiwanese Basil: Siam King & Siam Queen

With Mr. Popeye still green and looking healthy, I'm feeling confident and decided to begin my next project Thai / Taiwanese basil 九層塔, which I affectionately named Siam King (green/white stem) and Siam Queen (purple/red stem). I'm loosely following You Grow Girl's guide on planting herbs from cuttings. Stems approximately 10 to 13 cm long… Continue reading Thai / Taiwanese Basil: Siam King & Siam Queen