Lemon Basil


Brief description:

Lemon Basil adds an excellent citrus flavor to seafood, pasta, and vegetables. This plant is a specialty low-growing Basil variety with medium pointed leaves that have a delightful lemon fragrance. This hardy herb matures slightly earlier for harvest than most commercial strains. Popular for its strong lemon scent, lemon basil is often found in Lao, Persian, Arabian, Indonesian and Thai cuisine. Native to India and ancient Persia, basil has a long history as one of the most revered of herbs. In many cultures basil is a symbol of love, and given as a token of affection or engagement; other meanings include protection and truth.

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Lemon Basil
Days to Full Maturity: 90 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate

Minimum Seed Count: 300

Lemon Basil is a hybrid of traditional basil and African basil, adorning small white blooms at the end of summer/beginning of fall. Thrives in planting containers and in garden beds, benefiting from full sun and partial shade. Harvest before flowers, preferably once a week once mature. Basil Lemon is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow. Be aware of the soil, sun, and water preferences this will help result in a healthier plant. Basil Lemon likes full sun though it will also do well in partial sun as well. It likes a moderate amount of water.

How to grow:

Since basil thrives in warm weather, Lemon basil seeds grow best when the soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date, sowing them thinly in flats and providing heat to speed germination. Transplant 15-18″ apart. To direct sow, plant Lemon basil seeds 1/4″ deep in rich soil and full sun, thinning to 15-18″ apart when the seedlings develop. Basil also grows well indoors or as a container plant. Basil thrives in soil that drains well, yet needs water often. If the weather drops below 50 degrees, provide protection. As the plant grows, pruning helps it to develop into a bushy, healthy plant; pruning is also important because once the plant flowers, it will begin to wilt and die. To prune the plant, remove the top several sets of leaves on each stem, taking care to leave at least three sets of leaves on the lower part.


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