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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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