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Ocimum x citriodorum (Lemon Basil) Herb Seeds

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Lemon Basil (Ocimum x citriodorum) Herb Seeds

A vigorous upright plant with grey green leaves and numerous stems, Lemon Basil is considered an annual in Britain, but can have its life extended if it is brought indoors when the weather cools. As a culinary herb, Lemon Basil produces both leaves and seeds, and thus it should be encouraged to flower for seed harvest. The seeds have a strong lemon scent and can be steeped in water to produce a lemon tonic. As a plant, it has a reputation for needing care and attention, but it is well worth the effort.

Originating in warm tropical regions, Lemon Basil is a cross between O. americanum and O. basilicum, and grows from South East Asia to North East Africa. It thus thrives in a hot, sunny position, and does not do well outdoors in cool Summers. Use this aromatic herb with fish or chicken and it will add a lemony zing to salad dressings.

Ideally grown in pots or containers. Height: 30cm-45cm.

Growing Instructions

Sow in pots or module trays to minimise root disturbance.Cover seed with vermiculite.Maintain min 15'C. Germination 14-21 days. Water early in the day.  Sow from February to June, or sow throughout the year inside out of season.

Herb Usage

Lemon Basil produces extremely aromatic leaves for flavouring curries, stuffings and salads, and the leaves can be used as a tonic to lower fever. Strong lemon-basil flavour. Leaves can be used with fish and chicken and in herb butters. It can also make a refreshing drink.

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Our Lemon Basil herb seeds are generally available to buy online all-year round.

 


Other Details

Growing conditions:
Very well drained soil, minimum 15degrees.
Flower Colour:
Cream
Height x Spread:
30cm x 45cm
Latin Name:
Ocimum x citriodorum
Hardiness:
RHS rating H1C

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