Lemon Basil Seed for Microgreens & Garden


The flavor of Lemon Basil is very intense! As young microgreens, they taste like sweet basil with a citrus aftertaste.
HM Tray seed packet weighs 1.0 grams.
The 1010-tray seed packet weighs 2.7 grams.

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Seed for HM Tray$1.99
Seed for 1010 Tray$2.99
By the Ounce$11.99

Lemon Basil Highlights

  • Germination: 2 to 4 days
  • Soak: No need.
  • Harvest: 18 to 25 days for microgreens – can allow it to grow into baby greens (up to 40+ days)
  • Flavor: Sweet Basil flavor with a citrus aftertaste. Lemon flavor increases as leaves mature. It’s amazing!
  • Nutrients: Vitamins A & C, iron, and magnesium.

Lemon Basil is a variety of sweet basil. The leaves are a little smaller and narrower than Genovese basil.

As a microgreen, lemon basil has a sweet basil flavor with a hint of citrus. As the leaves grow and mature, the citrus flavor becomes more lemony, and the basil notes decrease.

Lemon basil is nutritious and has an excellent flavor profile that complements any food that tastes better with lemon. Great with Mexican dishes.

As the leaves grow, the flavor becomes more lemon-like.

This microgreen is more exciting and different from your regular green sweet basil.

Use Lemon Basil microgreens for cooking, salads, and any dishes to which you would add lemon.

Lemon basil seed is mucilaginous, meaning that it develops a jelly-like coating when it gets wet.

Basil loves the light and will do better in a well-lit location. Heat mats will also speed up the germination and growth of basil.

Try to harvest basil clean; it doesn’t store well after being washed. Best if you wash it just before using it.

Lemon Basil grows a bit slower than Genovese Basil, in my experience.

Lemon Basil Seed Package Sizes

  • The Home Microgreens tray seed packet weighs 1.0 grams (Approximately 630 seeds).
  • The 10-by-10-inch tray packet weighs 2.7 grams.
  • We also sell Lemon Basil seeds by the ounce.

How Much Seed Do You Need For Your Tray?

You don’t need to worry about how much seed you need if you use Home Microgreen planting trays or 1010 trays. Each seed packet has the correct number of seeds for a perfect tray of Lemon Basil.

The seeding area of a Home Microgreen Tray is 37.5 square inches.

However, if you’re using a different planting tray, use the calculator in the article below to figure out how much seed you need.

Click this link to use the calculator: Home Microgreens Seed Density Calculator.

Seeding Density

Seeding Density for Lemon Basil Seed

By Weight

Home Microgreens Tray: 1.0 grams

1010 Tray: 2.7 grams

1020 Tray: 5.3 grams

By Measuring Spoon

Home Microgreens Tray: 0.3 teaspoons

1010 Tray: 0.8 teaspoons

1020 Tray: 1.6 teaspoons

All volumetric measurements are level, not heaping spoons.

I use these vertical-sided measuring spoons because the seeds are easier to level with the straight sides.

These are my recommended seeding densities to produce a great-looking tray of Lemon Basil microgreens.

I like to allow microgreen leaves to develop to a larger size as they provide more nutrition & flavor than producing smaller leaves and stems.

Microgreen density depends on many environmental factors and seed germination percentages.

You may prefer to modify the seeding density, but my seeding densities are a great starting point if nothing else.

Check out the Home Microgreens Seed Density Course if you have a different size tray.


28.35 grams equals 1 ounce.

Three teaspoons equal 1 Tablespoon

Four Tablespoons equal 1/4 cup

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