How to grow Lemon basil

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.

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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:
Aphids

Pruning season:
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:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

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.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer

General information about the flower
White flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the inflorescence

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Edible leaves

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:
Spice, cooked

Vegetative Reproduction

How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Lemon basil?
Stems, Cutting

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?
1-3 weeks

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

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow no special demand, but recommend by cutting

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place

Sowing season:
Spring after the last frost, but as perennial spring to autumn

Planting spacing:
20*20 cm

Depth of Sowing:
0.4-0.6 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
7-20 days

Condition of seedling:
Not too much moist, Well drained soil

Do the seeds require burying?
No

Scientific name:

Ocimum × citriodorum

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