Lemon basil grow and care – shrub type of basil of genus Ocimum also known as Thai lemon basil or Lao basil, Lemon basil fragrant perennial evergreen in warm climate and annual plant in cold climate used as edible plant for the leaves also used as ornamental plant and it’s fragrant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10b+ (perennial), 5-10 (as annual).
Lemon basil leaves
Leaves color green soft narrow and thin, with ovate shape in flavor that remind lemon.
Flower color white, flower grow on inflorescence.
Lemon basil for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy
How to grow Lemon basil growing and care:
Warm weather, well drained soil
How to care:
Add more water in hot summer days, fertilizer 2-4 year, put organic matter
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in Lemon basil?
Not necessary but possible and easy to vegetative reproduction
Difficulties or problems when growing:
In full sun there is too much flower what that makes the trim of the leaves hard work
Recommended planting season?
Spring in hardiness zone 5-10 as annual, as perennial spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11 and hardiness zone 12+ all year.
Pests and diseases:
Autumn / beginning of the winter
How to prune:
recommend to thinning the inner branches
What is the size of a Lemon basil?
20-40 cm, 8-16 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 5-12 liter (1.5-3 gallon) amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot, when it’s grow as perianal every two years to switch soil in the pot or just part of it, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.
General information about the flower
White flower that grow on inflorescence
Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the inflorescence
Pollination is done by:
Leaves harvesting season
All year long, in the winter sometime the plant is week; depend in how much it’s cold
How to harvest the leaves?
Prune the entire branch except leave few buds
Information about leaves:
Soft and thin leaves ovate in the color light green
Uses of Lemon basil leaves:
How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Lemon basil?
The best time for vegetative reproduction in Lemon basil:
Spring / Summer, in the house you can all the year
How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Lemon basil?
Moist, warm weather, shade, possible to put the stem in glass of water
How to grow Lemon basil from seeds
Easy to sow no special demand, but recommend by cutting
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place
Spring after the last frost, but as perennial spring to autumn
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
Not too much moist, Well drained soil
Do the seeds require burying?
Ocimum × citriodorum
Plant Life Form
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- Hardiness zone 10
- Hardiness zone 11
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