Lemon Basil is a herb that has a lovely scent and is used in many different ways in and out of the kitchen. It produces a lemony scent when pressure is applied. Both professional chefs and regular cooks use this herb in a variety of dishes. It is widely used in foods such as rice, curries, stew, salad, vegetables, and others. It is also used in sauces and condiments. Arabic, Indonesian, Lao, Malay, Persian and Thai cuisine all are popular types of food that include Lemon Basil as an ingredient.
Common Name: Lemon Basil/Basil
Scientific Background: This plant is native to India and primarily grown in Africa, Europe, and Asia and this plant is in the family of Lamiaceae along with other mints.
Scientific Name: Ocimum Basilicum
Blooms/Foliage: This plant is small but has a beautiful, lemon scented foliage. It features bright green leaves and produces small white flowers that should be cut off when evidence of starting.
Hardiness Zones: Grows in any climate but flourishes in warm weather with plentiful precipitation. This makes this a great plant for anyone, in pots or in gardens.
Growth Habit: This type of basil usually grows to heights of 1/2′-1 1/2′. They can also reach widths of 1′-3′. These plants are usually harvested once a week.
Exposure: LemonBasil plants should be planted in areas that receive plenty of sunlight, at least 6 hours per day.
Water: Provide adequate water, but do not allow water buildup.
Spread: Plant these plants 10″-12″ apart for best growth.
Soil: This plant should be planted in fertile, loamy, firm soil with good drainage. Also works very well when organic matter is present along with the soil.
Potential Handling Dangers: This plant does not have any known harmful qualities.
Potential Plant Dangers: Common bug pests of the Lemon Basil plant include aphids, slugs, Japanese beetles, and earwigs. Root rot is also common when this plant does not have well-draining soil.
Helpful Tips: Do not let these plants flower during harvest to prevent the leaves from getting tough and losing its flavor. his can also act as an insect repellent for humans. To do this, just rub the leaves of this plant on the skin or plant in pots around your porch, patio, or other outside sitting areas. To freeze this plants’ harvest, just pick the leaves, chop, and store in the freezer in a freezer bag. This way, you can have fresh basil whenever you need or want it.