Basil - Lime - Ocimum americanum
Annual Heirloom. Lime flavor mixed with basil makes this an irresistible herb. Use the 2" green leaves with chicken, fish, salads, and iced tea whenever you want a citrus spark. Substitutes for lemongrass in Asian recipes. Enjoy this distinctive flavor fresh all summer then dried or frozen in ice cubes.
Soil & Water: Plant in full sun in well-draining soil. Basil does not require fertile soil, however it performs best when organic matter is added. Provide even water throughout development.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost, or sow directly once soil temperatures have reached at least 70°F. Pinch ends during development for a bushy plant. Basil has a very low germination rate; it is not uncommon to have germination rates of 60%. Sow heavily and thin to the most vigorous seedlings. Basil will not perform below 50°F; pot indoors during winter for a year-round supply.
Harvesting & Storage: Regular harvesting will keep production high. Use leaves fresh or frozen. Remove flower stalks to extend harvest. Be sure to make the last harvest prior to first frost.
Did You Know? Lime basil makes a novel addition to shortbread cookies, sorbets, and fruit salads.
Soil Temperature: 75-85°F
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Germination: 10-14 Days
Height At Maturity: 12"-20"
Days to Maturity: 65-75 Days
Spacing After Thinning: 8"-10"
Approx Seeds per Pack: 250 Seeds