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Botanical Interests "Lime" Organic Basil Seeds

Annual. A unique lime-flavored basil that adds a flavorful twist to vinegars, fish, salad dressings, sauces, and oils. You can also use it in standard basil dishes such as pesto for a refreshing change. Lime basil is a perfect addition to fruity desserts. (Recipe inside packet for Lime Basil Sorbet.) It is also easy to grow outdoors in containers. In a warm, south-facing window, you can even grow it inside during winter! (You can prolong the harvest period by pinching off flower buds to maintain flavor.) This packet plants one 15-foot row or 3 successive plantings of 5-foot rows.

When to plant outside: Spring, 1-3 weeks after average last frost date and when soils are warm.

When to start inside: 6-8 weeks before transplanting outside.

Special Germination Instructions: Easy to grow from seed. Must have warm soil temperatures. Wait to plant until nighttime temperatures are above 50 degrees.

Sucessive Plantings Recommended. Every 3 or 4 weeks after initial planting.

Harvesting Basil leaves should be harvested before the plant flowers. The young, top leaves taste the best and should be used fresh. The older leaves may be used for vinegar and pesto. To harvest most of the plant, cut the main stem, leaving at least 3 pairs of leaves near the ground ? plant will regrow and produce additional leaves. (You can prolong the harvest period by pinching off flower buds to maintain flavor.) If there is any chance of temperatures dropping to 32 degrees, harvest crop immediately. The best time to harvest any herb is in the morning, after the dew dries, but before it gets too warm. Alternatively, you could harvest in the early evening.

(For additional information about basil including a great pesto recipe, click here.). "

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