Adaptive Seeds

Basil, Thai Lemon (Organic)

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Ocimum citriodorum.

This refreshing, citrus basil is a different species than its basil cousins, and is essential in certain South and Southeast Asian dishes. Thai Lemon basil is delicious with seafood, or as a more complex flavorful alternative to sweet basil in almost any dish. It is best when added towards the end of cooking. Leaves are smaller and more pinnate, but otherwise it grows similarly to other basil types. We received our seed from villagers at Ban Noong Ta Klong in the Issan region of Thailand, while on a Seed Ambassadors Project trip in 2009. Aka, Hoary Basil, Hairy Basil, and Lemon Basil.

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Sow in flats indoors 6 – 8 wks before last frost. Cover seeds with 1/4” of potting mix. Germinates best when soil temp is at least 70˚F. Germination in 7-10 days and are slow to start. To avoid dampening off, do not over-water seedlings. Transplant to 8” spacing in all directions. Requires full sun and high fertility.

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Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.

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