Sweet Dani Herbs – Tips For Growing Sweet Dani Basil Plants

Sweet Dani Herbs – Tips For Growing Sweet Dani Basil Plants

Thanks to the ingenuity of plant breeders and horticulturists, basil is now available in different sizes, shapes, flavors and scents. In fact, Sweet Dani lemon basil was first discovered by James E. Simon and Mario Morales of Purdue University, in an effort to breed a perfect ornamental variety of basil. However, the exquisite flavor and scent of this variety we now call Sweet Dani basil led to a six-year study of its culinary and medicinal benefits in the herb and veggie garden.

What is Sweet Dani basil? Continue reading to learn about growing Sweet Dani basil, as well as its uses.

About Sweet Dani Herbs

Sweet Dani lemon basil is a variety of Ocimum basilicum with an undeniable lemony scent and flavor. Its tangy, citrus flavor and scent is due to the fact that it contains about 65% more natural essential oils than other basil plants. In 1998, this earned Sweet Dani basil the title of All-American Selection. This honor, of course, quickly popularized this new variety and, today, it can be easily found in most garden centers throughout the world.

Sweet Dani lemon basil plants grow to about 26-30 inches (66-76 cm.) tall. They produce medium sized, shiny leaves and white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. However, if allowed to flower, the plant will stop producing new, fresh leaves which are essential for basil dishes and cocktails. Like other basil herbs, Sweet Dani is carefully pruned or pinched to prevent flowering for a long season of fresh leaves.

Sweet Dani lemon basil leaves are used in traditional basil recipes, such as pesto, caprese salad or margherita pizza. The unique lemony flavor of the leaves are also excellent additions to fresh, lettuce or arugula salads, fruit salads, Thai dishes and, of course, cocktails. Sweet Dani leaves can be used to make refreshing basil mojitos, gimlets and bellinis. It can also be added to strawberry, blueberry or raspberry infused vodka or gin.

Growing Sweet Dani Basil Plants

Sweet Dani basil plants can be extremely sensitive to cold and drought. Seeds should be started indoors, about six weeks before the last expected frost date for your region. When daytime temperatures remain steadily around 70 F. (21 C.), young plants can be transplanted in the garden or outdoor containers.

They should be planted in fertile, well-draining soil in full sun. While basil plants thrive in sun and heat, they do need to be watered regularly, as they can wilt quite quickly. You should not frequently fertilize basil plants, as it can negatively affect their flavor and scent.

Sweet Dani herbs also have the same medicinal uses as other basil plants. They add a lemony flavor to herbal teas used to treat cold and flu symptoms, as well as digestion troubles. In addition to their medicinal properties, Sweet Dani lemon basil plants repel mosquitoes and flies. As companion plants, they deter aphids, hornworms and spider mites.

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It matures to an average height of 1 foot to 2 feet and an average width of 1 foot to 2 feet, depending on climate and other environmental factors. It prefers growing in a location that provides full sun and grows best when planted in sand, loam, clay or silt soil that is well drained. In the summer Lemon Sweet Dani Basil produces white flowers. The foliage is medium green in color. If you like fragrance, Ocimum Basilicum 'Lemon Sweet Dani' has fragrant foliage.

Lemon Sweet Dani Basil can be useful in the landscape in containers or planters, around decks, swimming pools, and other outdoor living areas, in hanging baskets or in small groupings and also in cottage gardens or herb gardens.

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600 seeds/g. Indispensable culinary herb, in cultivation for more than 3,000 years. By far our most popular herb, the various kinds selling more than 11,000 packets in 2020.

Culture: Direct seed when soil warms in late spring or transplant after danger of frost in well-drained moderately rich soil. Young seedlings will damp off if heavily watered during cool cloudy weather. Water sparingly at first. Use row covers to enhance early season vigor and speed maturity. Thin to 8–12", top mature plants to induce branching and increase total yield. Harvest before plants blossom. Annual, absolutely intolerant of frost, damaged by temperatures in the mid-30s.

Diseases: Where so indicated our varieties have been sampled and found to be fusarium-free. While not a guarantee that the entire lot is fusarium-free, a negative test improves the odds. No samples were taken for varieties not so indicated.


See Herb Chart in the sidebar for uses and cultural information.

About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neanderthals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.

Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.

Takinagawa Burdock and Resina Calendula, as well as oats, mammoth red clover and alfalfa in the Farm Seed section, also have medicinal uses. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh, goldenseal, and many more are available as plants, and shipped in the spring with orders from our Trees division.

Using herbs: Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year. To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.

Culture: Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.

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