Lemon Basil is a plant which belongs to the Ocimum genus.
Ocimum x citriodorum is a half hardy annual – sow under cover. Has a lemon scent and flavour.Blooms appear in these approximate colours: White. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.3 cm (that's 0.51 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers are of a single hose-in-hose form. Leaves appear approximately as a Kelly green colour. A type of edible herb, it mainly grows as an annual/perennial plant - which means it can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several. Lemon Basil normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 46.0 cm (that's 1.50 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.
Lemon Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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Keep flower buds pinched.Lemon Basil likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 9 - Zone 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is sandy, loamy or clay and has a ph of between 5.6 and 8.5 as Lemon Basil is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Lemon Basil is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors.
Sow under cover.Look to ensure a distance 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.1 inches (0.25 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 19°C / 66°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Lemon Basil about 42 days before your last frost date .
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Lemon Basil so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Lemon Basil so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Lemon Basil plants:
Thai Lemon Basil, Lao Basil
Ocimum × citriodorum, Ocimum basilicum citriodorum, Ocimum basilicum var. citriodorum, Ocimium basilicum var. citriodora, Ocimum citriodorum, Ocimum x citriodorum
Misspellings: Ocimum basilicum citriodora
04 Jul 2012
Easy to grow as long as the sun is shining and lots of warmth. And, holy cow! It really does taste lemony. Thinking about crushing it for lemonade or tea.
Lemon Basil care instructions
How long does Lemon Basil take to grow?
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