Basil Gift Packet


Sweet basil is most often used for making pesto, but can be used for many other dishes.  It’s great for growing in pots indoors, on a patio, or in the garden.

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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: 100 Seeds

Product image via: Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

Additional information

Weight .115 oz
Dimensions .1 in


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