This delightful heirloom, saved for generations for its scrumptious taste and fragrance, has a robust, carefree nature in the garden and bigger leaves than any other lemon basil variety. Chop or crush the foliage and release the heady perfume of basil commingled with a warm delicious lemon accent. Add Mrs. Burns lavishly to rice dishes, potatoes and vegetables, use it in dressings and marinades or enjoy its abundant leaves for refreshing lemony iced tea.
Seed Count: Approx. 275 / Weight: 0.5 gms
Planting instructions: To plant directly in the garden, In late spring when night temperatures stay above 50°F (10°C), sow seeds 1 inch apart in well-worked, fertile soil in full sun. Cover 1/2 inch deep, firm soil and keep seedbed moist. Germination takes 1 to 2 weeks. After seedlings are well established, thin or transplant 6 to 8 inches apart to allow plants room to mature.
To start early indoors, Sow thinly in a container of seed starting mix, 4 to 6 weeks before last expected frost. Keep warm and evenly moist, and provide a good light source. When seedlings are large enough to handle and weather is warm and settled, acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions before planting in the garden
Remember – it is critical to plant basil in the garden only after late spring day and nighttime temperatures stay above 50°F (10°C). Pinch off growing tips when plants are 6 to 8 inches tall to encourage branching. Harvest sprays of leaves by cutting stems just above two new sprouting lateral branches to get lush regrowth. Keep flower buds pinched off to extend harvesting and feed and water regularly to promote new growth