How to grow Lime basil

Lime basil grow and care – herbaceous type of basil of genus Ocimum also known as Hoary basil, Lime basil annual plant 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 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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How to grow Lime 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, prune once a year and consider to prune the bloom stems

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 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, 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:

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

How to grow Lime basil from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Sow this plant it’s easy but it’s more recommend to use in vegetative reproduction

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry area

Sowing season:

Planting spacing:
1-3 cm, 0.5-1.2 inch, sowing direct 0.5-1 m,

Depth of Sowing:
0.2-0.5 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist the soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
2-3 weeks, in Krishna tulasi 1-2 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, moist soil

Scientific name:

Ocimum americanum

How to grow Lime basil

Lime basil


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Herbs
  • Salad
  • Spices
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Herbaceous
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Fragrance
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9

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