Lemon Basil - Heirloom Herb Garden Seeds
Basil Lemon has heady aromas and notes of citrus, specifically lemon and lime. When harvesting Basil Lemon should never be left to flower, once it has flowered it sacrifices its flavor and the leaves wilt and toughen.
Basil Lemon’s hardiness zones are 9-14 they do best in a temperature that is around 70 degrees. It is best to start your seeds 6-8 week before the last frost if you are planning on transplanting. If you are planting directly into your garden, be sure and pick a spot that is in full or partial sun. Planting your seeds ¼” under the soil after the last frost date. Basil Lemon is not Drought tolerant so make sure that you keep the soil moist. Keeping your soil moist results in the best plants. Basil Lemon prefers a soil that is moderately rich.
For drying or freezing, harvest leaves that have their maximum oil content just before they flower. To dry, cut whole stems on a dry morning, tie stems loosely together in small bunches and hang to dry in an airy location.
Other Names: Lemon Basil
Seeds per Oz: Approx 20,000
Days to Maturity: Approx 60-89
Open Pollinated: Yes
Plant Type: Annual
Hardiness Zone: 9-14
Uses: Salads, Curry, Soups
Temp Preference: Warmer
Light Preference: Warmer
Comments: Basil Lemon is a great plant to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
|Seed Planting Depth||Seeds per Ounce||Germination Temperature||Days to Germination||Row Spacing||Plant Spacing||100' Row Yield||Sun|
|¼”||Approx 20,000||70||5-10||18”||8-10”||40-50lbs||Full Sun, or partial shade|
Sowing: If you are going to start these seeds indoors use pots or starter kits that are at least 3-4” deep. Using a rich, moist soil start by planting the seeds ¼” beneath the soil. If you are going to start the sowing outside make sure that the weather is at least 70 degrees. Plant the seeds ¼” beneath the soil and keep well-watered. Spacing needs to be 18” in between rows and 4-8” between plants.
Transplanting: To transplant make sure that the seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves. Make sure that you select an area that is fully in the sun during the day. Prepare your garden by turning about 8 inches of the soil. Dig a hole for each plant that is amply to accommodate the whole root ball. Place it level with the top soil and fill around with soil until all roots are covered.
Soil Preference: Basil Lemon is not drought tolerate, so it is best to choose a soil that is rich and moist.
Other Tips: Carefully remove the plant from your starting pots and gently loosen the root ball with your hands this will encourage good root development. Use the plant tag as a location marker for easy access to get to your seedlings simply.