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Ocimum x africanum 'Lime'( Lime Basil) Herb SEEDS

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Lime Basil (Ocimum x africanum 'Lime') Herb Seeds

Ocimum x africanum 'Lime' also known as Ocimum x citriodorum is a vigorous upright plant with grey green leaves and numerous stems. Considered an annual in Britain, Lime Basil can have its life extended if it is brought indoors when the weather cools. As a plant, it has a reputation for needing care and attention, but it is well worth the effort.

Originating in warm tropical regions, Lime 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.

Ideally grown in pots or containers so that it can be moved indoors if the need arises. Height: 15cm-70cm.  (depending on growing conditions)

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

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

Buy Lime Basil Seeds Online

Our Lime Basil seeds are generally available to buy online between May and September.

Other Details

Full sun
Soil Type:
Very well drained soil
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Latin Name:
Ocimum x africanum 'Lime'
RHS rating H1c - Heated Greenhouse
Teas and Tissanes
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