Ocimum basilicum citriodorum
This basil has a delicate citrus fragrance and flavor that makes this variety a favorite for the cuisines of Southeast Asia. It is a compact bush with medium-sized pointed green leaves.
- Warm season annual
- Approx. 450-500 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 80 days
- Planting season: Late spring/summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring/summer after last frost in a warm, sunny location. Or start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Plants grow well in warm temperatures but can show cold damage if grown below 50 F. Harvest older leaves and pinch back flower buds for continuous leaf production.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Delicious in fish, poultry, and rice dishes. Excellent herb used for drying or making vinegars. In Asia, the seeds are used in desserts and sweet drinks.