Growing Sweent Dani Basil Herb Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum var. 'sweet dani'
- Lemon Basil Herb Days to Maturity: 60+(leaves) 70-90 (seeds)
- Lemon Basil Hardiness Zones: 9-11 Perennial, 3-9 Annual
- Lemon Basil Seed Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Lemon Basil Seed Plant Spacing: 8-18”
- Lemon Basil Growth Habit: Upright/bush
- Soil Preference: Rich, moist and well-drained
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Pests/diseases: Japanese beetles, slugs and fusarium wilt
- Lemon Basil Herb Color: Large chartreuse leaves, white flowers
- Lemon Basil Herb/Seed Flavor: Pungent, citrusy, mild sweetness
Sweet Dani Basil Growing Habits
Non-GMO Sweet Basil Herb plants (Ocimum basilicum) can reach 18-26” tall as compact bushes. As late summer to early fall approaches, Sweet Dani Basil grows chartreuse-colored leaves that become large and give off a citrusy scent. Along with their white flowers, they will be ready to harvest. Sweet basil varieties that are pungent in flavor, while also containing a mild sweetness will actively grow until the first frost arrives. Sweet Dani Basil is smaller than other sweet basil types and is great for planting in containers. As the warm conditions develop, these herbs prefer to have their flowers pinched back, in order to maintain their peak flavor.
Basil in general, is an ultimate hybrid herb with a lot of different strains. As basil is also ancient and has been crossbred overtime, it becomes a challenge for gardeners to pin down a single origin. Basil can be classified as either sweet or non-sweet. The more popular types are considered sweet. For example, a cultivar that isn’t sweet would be clove basil.
Beverage Uses for Sweet Dani Basil Herb Seed
Sweet Dani Basil is a common ingredient to add to tea—giving off a sweet and citrusy flavor that is great for aiding colds. This type of basil is used to make mojitos, as its large chartreuse-colored leaves compliment mint. Fruit-infused beverages are also made with this herb, while the lemony sprigs or white flowers of Sweet Dani Basil are popular as a garnish to top off drinks.
Culinary Uses for Sweet Dani Basil Herb Seed
As a hybrid variety that provides a mild sweetness with a pungent, citrusy flavor, Sweet Dani Basil is a diverse basil that compliments Thai dishes, pairs well with fish and can be added fresh to salads. Sweet Dani Basil leaves are also great for garnishing drinks or cooking with pizza.
Benefits of Growing Sweet Dani Basil Herb Seed
As a late summer to early fall crop, sweet basil plants will not only add to the overall aroma with its pungent lemon-scented leaves, but they can repel unwanted pests such as flies or mosquitoes. Basil strains such as Sweet Dani herbs, make ultimate companion plants, as they help ward off insects like hornworms and aphids. Sweet Dani Basil is an active grower and develops well in containers.