Rare and desired edible herb. Lime Basil is unique on its own but, very much compliments, the already well-known lemon basil by kicking it up with that additional tang of fresh flavour. Lime basil has a sweet citrus scent with a strong citrus taste. Excellent for flavouring in dressings, sauces, pesto and desserts. In the herb garden, it serves as a great fragrant border or even in a patio pot. The bonus benefits of Lime Basil are its deer and rabbit resistance and its magnet-like ability to attract bees and butterflies.
Start seeds indoors. Sow 1 cm deep and water seedlings far from stems(bottom watering highly recommended)especially when young. Keep soil temperatures above 49 degrees.
Basil prefers rich moist soil with plenty of Sun. It is advised to start your basil in a hotbed in April and relocate it to a warm border in May planting about 10 inches to 1 foot apart. Basil dies down every year in Canada so it is considered an annual that must be sown every year. Can also be grown readily in pots on decks and balconies.
Basil has a history of being used for mild nervous disorders and in the form of snuff to alleviate nervous headaches. Sweet basil in particular, when leaves are boiled as a tea is known for arresting vomiting and alleviating nausea. Alongside its healing qualities, Basil is great for flavouring soups and stews.
|Temperature (C):||18 - 25|
|Blooms:||60 to 90 days|
|Height (cm):||20 - 30|
|Spread (cm):||40 - 45|