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Ocimum Basilicum Citriodorum is a half-hardy annual.

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Basil ‘Siam Queen’ is a hybrid of Ocimum x citriodorum and hence also known as Ocimum basilicum citriodorum.

Overview of Ocimum Basilicum Citriodorum

• It is a half-hardy annual.
• Basil ‘Siam Queen’ has an extra large leaf.
• It has an intense liquor-ice fragrance.
• The bright green basil leaves make an attractive foil for its purple-red stems.
• These bear violet-pink flowers.
• It is superb as a container plant on the patio.
• Try growing basil on the kitchen windowsill and in convenient containers outside the back door.
• It can grow up to a height of 45cm (18″).
• It can spread: 30cm (12″) wide.
• Flowering Period: July, August.
• Sowing Months: February, March, April.
• Position: full sun.

The plant is scientifically classified as:
• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Asterids
• Order: Lamiales
• Family: Lamiaceae
• Genus: Ocimum
• Species: O. basilicum

Growing and caring conditions for Ocimum Basilicum Citriodorum

• Growing Basil is relatively easy if there are suitable light and temperature levels provided to the plant.
• Ensure that adequate drainage is allowed from the base of the pot, if grown in pots.
• Line with coarse gravel if necessary.
• If growing outside then ensure the soil is well dug over.
• Weed free the soil well before sowing.
• Before sowing ensure that the compost or soil is moist.
• Water generously the day before sowing.
• It is vital that Basil is not exposed to the last spring frosts.
• If sowing outside sow in late March.
• Sow at any time if the plant is always to be kept indoors.
• If sowing inside and planting outside late then sow in late February.
• Sow the seed thinly.
• Cover the seeds with 1/2 cm of compost and firm gently.
• Basil seeds should germinate in about a week.
• Once the seedlings have developed 2 pairs of true leaves then you can thin out.
• Basil should be grown in a position that receives a around 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.
• Position the Basil in a sheltered spot that avoids cold winds.
• Basil likes a fertile soil.
• The soil should be well dug to allow good soil air circulation.
• Well rotted organic compost or manure into the soil a month or so before sowing will help in growth.
• General purpose compost is a suitable soil solution.
• Water every week.
• Basil can help to discourage the fruit fly.
• Basil is often a target of slugs.

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