Basil - Lemon
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- Category: Herb
- Type: Basil
- Variety: Lemon
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Botanical Name: Ocimum Basilicum
- Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10
- Growing Difficulty: 3
- Soil PH: 5.5 to 7.5
- Fertilizer Requirements: 14-14-14
- Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 8 – 14
- Soil Temp for Germination: 70°F
- Lighting Conditions: Full Sun
- Days to Maturity: 60 – 90
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Distance Apart (in row): 6-10”
- Row Spacing: 30-36”
DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST
6-8 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST
Lemon Basil, much like other Basil varieties prefer to grow in rich, fertile and loose soils. Do not allow plant to flower until after harvesting is completed. Once the plant flowers, the leaves will become dry and leathery in texture.
Lemon Basil is common in Indian cuisine but has become even more popular in many other recipes around the world. In Laos, it is used extensively in soups, stews, curries and many stir-fried dishes. Great when used in baked goods and to accent flavors in cookies, cakes and other desserts.
Lemon Basil shares many of the same medicinal properties that Genovese Basil and other "Sweet Basil" varieties are thought to have.
Continually pinch fresh leaves off the Basil plant to encourage a bushier production and prevent it from flowering too soon. You can harvest basil plants continually through the summer months if properly maintained.
Allow the Basil to bolt and begin flowering. At this point, the basil plant will stop producing new leaves and the energy used will be to produce new flowers and seeds.
The seeds are found in the spent flower head. It is best to use a fine colander, as the basil seeds are very small. Cut off the spent flower heads and allow them to dry for several days in a warm dry location.
Crush the flower heads over the colander and pick out the flower remnants to be left with just seeds.