How to Grow Lemon Basil From Seeds

How to Grow Lemon Basil From Seeds

The quick and convenient step by step guide to growing your Lemon basil from seeds!


Lemon basil has a fresh spicy and sweet flavor with a hint of lemon. Freshly picked basil leaves can be added to salads, soups sandwiches or dried for winter use.

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How to Grow Lemon Basil from Seed


# 1 | Prep your planting space. Lemon basil prefers full sun, and plenty of water along with fertile, well-draining soil. Like other basil types, Lemon basil is a heat-loving and is especially susceptible to frost damage.


# 2 | Lemon basil seeds can be sown directly in a planting pot in the spring after all chance of frost has passed, or you can start your seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the average last frost.


# 3 | Thoroughly wet planting soil, and place 3-4 seeds in each pot, at a depth of 1/10-1/4 inches. Keep your soil moist, until seeds have sprouted.


# 4 | Lemon basil seeds usually sprout in 7-14 days. Once your lemon basil seedlings have their first true leaves, thin to one or two plants per pot. Protect your lemon basil plants from wind and sun for the first 7-10 days.


# 4 | To get the highest yield of tender and flavorful leaves, pinch the tip of each branch, starting in early summer when the plants are 6" tall, to encourage bushiness.  


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