Lemon Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
A versatile herb that will add brilliant, citrus-basil flavor to your menu! Delicious in salads, marinades, stir-fries, dressings, lemon beverages, and as a tea. An excellent companion plant for your peppers and tomatoes and an effective mosquito repellant.
- 200 seeds minimum
- Germination: 7-10 days
- Maturity: 60-80 days
- Direct sow in full sun 1/4” deep after last frost or start indoors 5-6 weeks prior to last frost. Harden off seedlings before transplanting.
- Basil prefers well-drained soil.
- Space plants 8” apart; space rows 18-24” apart.
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Lemon basil is a favorite in my garden. The bees and other insects love the flowers as much as we love the tender leaves. Lemon basil is ideal in a pesto for seasoning grilled chicken or pasta. Lemon basil has its own unique flavor, very tasty and worth growing.