Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
A beloved Italian basil bursting with sweet, brilliant flavor. Delicious in pesto, salads, marinades, and sauces. Hardy and easy to grow. Valued for its anti-inflammatory properties and often used as a digestive aid. A terrific companion plant for tomatoes and peppers.
- 200 seeds minimum
- Germination: 7-10 days
- Maturity: 60-80 days
- Direct sow in full sun 1/4” deep after last frost or start indoors 5-6 weeks prior to last frost. Harden off seedlings before transplanting.
- Basil prefers well-drained soil.
- Space plants 8” apart; space rows 18-24” apart.
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I've used this variety to fill empty spaces in my flower-beds and also full rows in my large garden. It was a delight to harvest giant basket-fulls and then invite friends to come share. Pesto was delicious and it kept my invasive weeds from taking over the flower-beds too!