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Lemon Basil Seedlings -  from Organic Certified Seeds

Lemon basil (Ocimum basilicum var. citriodorum) is a variety of basil known for its distinct lemony fragrance and flavor. Here are some characteristics and tips for growing lemon basil:


  • Flavor and Aroma: Lemon basil has a strong lemon scent and flavor, which makes it a popular choice for culinary use.
  • Appearance: The plant has green, lance-shaped leaves similar to sweet basil, but it may have a slightly lighter shade.
  • Height: Lemon basil typically grows to a height of about 18 to 24 inches (45-60 cm).
  • Flowering: Like other basil varieties, lemon basil produces small, white to pale lavender flowers when it matures.

Growing Methods:

  • Soil: Lemon basil prefers well-draining, fertile soil. A slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 is ideal.
  • Planting: Start seeds indoors in early spring and transplant seedlings outdoors after the last frost. Space the plants about 12 to 18 inches apart.
  • Sunlight: Lemon basil thrives in full sunlight, receiving at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
  • Fertilization: Feed the plants with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.

Ideal Temperatures and Climate:

  • Temperature: Lemon basil prefers warm temperatures. It thrives in temperatures between 70-85°F (21-29°C).
  • Climate: It is well-suited for both outdoor and indoor cultivation. In regions with cooler climates, it's best grown as an annual during the warmer months.

Harvesting Period:

  • Timing: Start harvesting once the plant reaches a height of 6-8 inches. Regular harvesting encourages bushier growth.
  • Method: Pinch or snip the leaves just above a pair of leaves to encourage branching. Harvesting the leaves before the plant flowers will give you the best flavor.

Watering Preferences:

  • Consistency: Maintain consistent moisture, but avoid overwatering. Water the plants at the base to prevent fungal issues.
  • Mulching: Applying a layer of organic mulch around the plants helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Light Preferences:

  • Sunlight: Lemon basil requires full sunlight for optimal growth. Ensure it receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Indoor Growth: If grown indoors, place the plant near a south-facing window or provide supplemental fluorescent lights to mimic natural sunlight.

By following these guidelines, you can successfully grow and enjoy the aromatic and flavorful lemon basil in your garden or indoor herb collection.

Lemon Basil Seedlings - from Organic Certified Seeds

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