1. Prepare the soil. Soil that is relatively loose, full of compost/nutrients, and highly adaptable to acidic and alkaline soils. Growth best under drained and enriched fertilized soils. Test the pH of the soil, and incorporate peat moss into it if the soil is too basic. To create the perfect soil mixture, mix 50% potting soil with 50% compost for nutrients. This will create a light and airy soil mixture that will make it easier for the small root-system of the herb to attach itself to. We strongly recommend to use Serbajadi Biodegradeble Peat Pot Set for rapid seed germination.
2. Soak the seeds in soapy water. Fill a large cup or bowl with warm (not hot) water. Add a splash of dish soap, and stir the mixture to help it to dissolve. Place all of your seeds into the mixture and allow them to soak for one hour. The heat of the water and the dish soap will help to break down the notoriously tough outer casing of the seeds, helping them to grow faster than they would without soaking.
3. Rinse and move the seeds to another bowl of water. Using a small strainer, pour the soapy water out and run the seeds under lukewarm water. This should remove any traces of the soap, and prepare them for the next step. Fill a bowl with very warm water (near 105 degrees Fahrenheit) and place the seeds in the water. Leave these to soak overnight to continue the germination process.
4. Dry the seeds. After 24 hours soaking in the water, remove the seeds with a strainer and lay them out on a piece of wax paper to dry. When they have been fully dried, they are ready to be planted.
5. Moisten the soil before adding the seeds. Add enough water to get a spongy wet consistency, but do not completely saturate the soil.
6. Dig a hole only 2â€“3 inches (5.1â€“7.6 cm) deep and equally as wide.
7. Thin out the seedlings to about 15cm/6" to 30cm/12" apart. Do this when they reach approximately 5cm (2") in height.
8. Water again. Only add a small sprinkle of water to moisten the seeds and the new soil. Do not drown your seeds.
9. Cover your container. If using a germination tray, it likely came with a clear plastic cover. Otherwise, use clear plastic wrap. The cover prevents your seeds from drying out, but it must be clear to allow adequate sunlight through.
10. Remove the covering once the seedlings show two complete sets of leaves.Relocate the seedlings to a location with better sunlight.
11. Water plants at least twice daily for best result.
12. Harvest leaves within 2 months of planting. Choose the cooler part of the day to harvest. When removing leaves, cut close to the stem.
Keep away from children and pets.
Store in cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.