How to grow Lemon basil

Lemon basil growing 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, 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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Requirements for Lemon basil growing and care:

Warm weather

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 as annual, spring, summer, autumn as perennial

Pests and diseases:

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 as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
White flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the inflorescence

Pollination is done by:

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

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

Scientific name:

Ocimum × citriodorum

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone