How to grow Lime basil

Lime basil growing herbaceous type of basil of genus Ocimum also known as Hoary basil, Lime basil annual plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 5+.

Lime basil leaves

Leaves color light green soft narrow and thin, with ovate shape.

Flower color white, the flowers grow on inflorescence.

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Requirements for Lime 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 Lime 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?

Pests and diseases:

When is the best time to prune a Lime basil shrub?
Autumn / beginning of the winter

How to prune:
recommend to thinning the inner branches

What is the size of a Lime 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:

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:
Bright leaves ovate in the color light green

Uses of Lime basil leaves:
Spice, herb, pesto

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Stems / cutting

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring. Early summer

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
1-2 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Put in glass of water and change the water every few days

Scientific name:

Ocimum americanum

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