Lime Basil Herb Garden Planting Seeds
- Basil Herb Days to Maturity: 70+(leaves) 90+(seeds)
- Basil Hardiness Zones: 9-11 Perennial, 3-9 Annual
- Basil Seed Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Basil Seed Plant Spacing: 12-16”
- Basil Growth Habit: Upright/compact bush
- Soil Preference: Rich and well-drained
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Japanese beetles, slugs and aphids
- Basil Herb Color: Small bright-green leaves, fuzzy, white flowers
- Basil Seed Flavor: Citrus-lemon, sharp, lime, savory, slightly sweet
Lime Basil Growing Habits
Non-GMO Lime Basil (Ocimum basilicum) plants grow 18-24” tall as compact bushes. Lemon-scented heirlooms such as Lime Basil Herbs, produce into late summer with rich growth, developing smaller-sized round green leaves. Your sweet basil crop will reach ideal harvesting as their leaves grow pointed tips and fuzzy stems, but before they bloom. This type of bold basil with sweet and savory notes will continue to provide a bright citrusy scent until the first frost arrives. By early fall, your fresh Lime Basil will grow white flowers and begin to seed.
In general, basil is an ultimate hybrid with many different varieties. Basil is also ancient, which makes it a challenge for gardeners to pin down a single origin. This herb can be classified as either sweet or non-sweet. The popular types are considered sweet. For example, a cultivar that isn’t sweet would be clove basil. Although Lime Basil Herbs produce more of a sharp lemon-scent and flavor, this small and rich basil is considered sweet.
Non-Culinary Uses for Lime Basil Herb Seed
Lime Basil can be made into many natural remedies as a medicine such as aiding digestion. You can steep the small bright-green leaves and make a rich warm tea to boldly wake up your senses and provide relief, as it provides a sharp lemon note. The antioxidants from Lime Basil can also provide an under-eye treatment in the morning to help with inflammation. After cooling in the fridge for 10 minutes or overnight, apply the fresh lemony leaves for 30 seconds. Don’t place wet leaves too close to your eyes, as this variety has a bold and sharp citrus oil content.
Culinary Uses for Lime Basil Herb Seed
As an heirloom basil that provides a slightly sweet and bright aroma, this herb is often used in desserts such as pudding or Lime Basil pies. This lemon basil type is also cooked as a savory basil in Thai recipes or paired with grilled fish. As sweet basil varieties range in flavor, Lime Basil gives off bold citrus notes that go well with rich pasta sauce and chicken.
Benefits of Lime Basil Herb Seed
This smaller-sized basil variety that blooms white flowers, makes a bright decorative addition and provides a fresh citrus-lime aroma to your overall garden throughout the summer. Grow your Lime Basil during the warm seasons to also help ward off insects. This ancient basil crop is known to be a bold plant when it comes to keeping mosquitoes and flies away.
Lime Basil Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 18,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 72,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 288,000 Seeds
Lime Basil, like other strains of basil, has a wide range of culinary and aromatic uses that can add depth to any dish or fill any space with a sweet fragrance.