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Lemon basil

Ocimum americanum

Lemon basil is similar to sweet basil in its cultivation and growth habit. It has an added lemon flavour and aroma in the leaves. It is grown for use in Eastern cooking.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves and shoots weekly or as needed, but never defoliate the whole plant!

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in spring. Seedlings will reach 15cm in 3–4 weeks and should be pinched or harvested for the first time to let them branch out. Transplant to thin out.
Cuttings
Soak stem cuttings in water, after a week, roots will begin to appear, leave for 2-3 weeks changing the water every few days, plant out into pots or into the garden.

Special features

Pot plant
Provide a sunny position, a well drained medium and give regular waterings.
Repels harmful insects
Repels tomato and potato pests.

Geography

Origin
Africa and India
Natural climate
Tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Culinary
Especially in Indian cuisine
Medicinal
Prevent a headache, sooth an ear infection or reduce blood sugar with basil!

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to downy mildew and aphids
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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