Lemon basil is one of the more unique herbs that you can add to your herbal garden. Rather it be indoor or outdoor, lemon basil will usually grow quite well. As of now, there is very little information circulating the internet about lemon basil and the information that is present, is not very good.
This is quite unfortunate as lemon basil is rapidly growing in homes across America. In this article I will provide you with information regarding: what zones lemon basil can grow in, where to plant lemon basil, and how to plant lemon basil, what type of fertilizer to use with lemon basil, what type of soil to use with lemon basil, and how frequently to water lemon basil
What Zones Can lemon basil Grow In
I live in Zone 10B, the southern part of Florida. I can grow lemon basil quite easily here because of my climate. The best zone range to grow lemon basil in approximately Zone 7 to Zone 10. This is the maximum range for a year-round surviving lemon basil plant. If you wish to use your lemon basil only in the spring and summer then you can grow it in nearly any climate. I highly recommend that if you live in a colder zone that you bring your lemon basil plant indoors for the winter. There are several great indoor herbal gardens available, use one of these to help your lemon basil live.
Where to Plant lemon basil
lemon basil loves full sunlight. It thrives best when it has about 6 to 9 hours of sunlight per day. Obviously if your lemon basil misses a few days of sunlight due to rain or what have you, it will live. This is merely a generality that will allow you to place lemon basil in the appropriate spot. I plant my lemon basil plant next to the side of the house facing east, allowing it to get the most of potential sunlight. It thrives there, producing about 6 oz. of leaves per week.
What type of Soil to Use with lemon basil
lemon basil loves to be planted in rich soil. I recommend using Miracle Grow Potting Mix for Vegetables and Flowers. It has never once failed me and it has a three month supply of fertilizer built in. You’re looking at about 7 dollars per a 2 cubic foot bag, but it is well worth it. All of my herbs use Miracle Grow and I do not recommend anything else. With this soil mat it down around the base of the plant. DO NOT too far up the stem of the plant. I do not recommend buying lemon basil in seeds. It is one of the more troublesome herbs to grow from seeds. Instead, approach a local nursery and buy a plant for about three dollars. It will save you a lot of time and hassle.
What type of Fertilizer to Use with lemon basil
I have found that starting off with the Miracle Grow Potting Mix for Vegetables and Flowers is the best type of fertilizer you can give your plants, as it comes with a three month supply. After that, I recommend checking with a local nursery because all climates vary on the type of fertilizer you can feed your herbs, especially with basils. A good general rule when buying fertilizer for your herb, if there is not a nursery available, is to go to a local store that sells fertilizer and purchase a general vegetables and flowers fertilizer.
How Frequently to Water lemon basil
Lemon basil is a plant that thrives off a good water supply. I usually recommend that you plant it not in a dip in your garden but on a flat piece of land. lemon basil, in order to thrive at its best, needs to be watered every day. I recommend that you do this either at dawn or dusk because if you water your plant during the day, it will usually over-heat the plant because the water attracts too much sunlight.