This classic Italian basil is most often used for making pesto. It has a sweet fragrance and is slow to bolt. Its large, green leaves average 2″ long.
Basil – Genovese – Ocimum basilicum
Soil & Water: Plant in full sun in well-draining soil. Basil does not require fertile soil, however it performs best when organic matter is added. Provide even water throughout development.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost, or sow directly once soil temperatures have reached at least 70F. Pinch ends during development for a bushy plant. Basil has a very low germination rate; it is not uncommon to have germination rates of 60%. Sow heavily and thin to the most vigorous seedlings. Basil will not perform below 50F; pot indoors during winter for a year-round supply.
Harvesting & Storage: Regular harvesting will keep production high. Use leaves fresh or frozen. Remove flower stalks to extend harvest. Be sure to make the last harvest prior to first frost.
- Soil Temperature: 75-85F
- Planting Depth: 1/4″
- Germination: 5-11 Days
- Height At Maturity: 12″-20″
- Days To Maturity: 65-75 Days
- Sun/Shade: Full Sun
- Spacing After Thinning: 8″-10″
- Approx Seeds per Pack: 200 Seeds
Product image via: Peaceful Valley Farm Supply