Exotic and unusual variety of basil with a distinctive lime fragrance and flavor transforms any dish. Good for use in salads, sauces, vinegars, pasta, marinades, jellies, fruit salad. Turning dishes into tropical. Grows very prolifically during long sunny days. Bees can't get enough of it when it is blooming. Fragrant 2 inch bright green leaves grow on compact plants. Also can be used for flavoring vegetables, tomato dishes, soups, stews, spagetti, and many other dishes. This herb is wonderful either fresh or dried. Grows well in the garden or in the kitchen in a container. It makes an attractive pot plant.
Sowing: Direct sow 1/4-1/2 inch deep in well-drained soil. Sow direct from early spring after danger of frost to mid-summer. Plant in full sun. Keep moderately moist while germinating. Can also be grown indoors.
Germination: 7 days Spacing: 4-8 inches Height: 12 inches
Moisture: Medium Days to Maturity: 60 days Light: Full Sun
Care information: Can be succession planted every 3-4 weeks. Begin harvesting when 8-12 inches high. Make the final harvest before the first frost in the fall. For dry use: harvest leaves just before the plant produces flowers. Pinching back new growth will encourage bushy plants. Also, remove flower before seed matures. Harvesting best done in early morning. Cut stem just before flowers open, strip leaves and use fesh, or dry on a tray in a dark, airy place. Store dried leaves in an air tight container. Leaves may also be frozen.
Ocimum basilicum 'Lime'
Basil - Lime