Basil, Lemon (Ocimum Basilicum Citriodorum) - 250 Seeds

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Lemon Basil (Ocimum Basilicum Citriodorum) - 250 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Hummingbird Friendly

This winning Basil offers a different scent - pure, clean, citrus-lemon, and it's easily grown from Basil seeds! Basil is an indispensable flavoring, and it's used around the world. Pick the leaves and use them fresh or dried in herb vinegar and with chicken, fish, vegetables and soups. There are really no rules when using Lemon Basil in the kitchen! You can also use Lemon Basil plants in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.

Culinary Uses:
Lemon Basil produces compact, bushy plants with smaller, pointed leaves with a pronounced lemon flavor that makes a wonderful addition to Asian and Mediterranean salads, tomato dishes, cheeses, omelets, pesto, fish recipes and teas.

Medicinal Uses:
Lemon basil has moderate levels of beta-carotene and high levels of vitamin K, which are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties. Those anti-inflammatory benefits are among the reasons that it may be able to protect against skin cancer. It is a good source of manganese, copper and vitamin C, and contains calcium, folate, iron and magnesium, all of which are vital for proper body function.

Growing Instructions:
Sow Basil seeds in the garden after all danger of frost has passed. For areas with short growing seasons, start herb seeds indoors 4 - 8 weeks before setting out. Grow Lemon Basil in a rich, well-drained, soil and in full sun. Pinch the tip from the center shoot of the Lemon Basil seedlings after they have grown for 6 weeks to force side growth and prevent early flowering. If flower stalks develop, simply snip them off.

Season: Annual
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/4 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches apart; thin seedlings 6 inches

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