Heirloom Herb. Genovese Basil seeds are a great addition to any herb garden. You will make perfect pesto every time with this very popular basil variety! There is a very spicy taste just waiting to get out of the large, 5 cm (2â€³) long, luscious looking dark green leaves. This variety is quite slow to bolt.
How to Grow
600 seed/gram. Do not rush planting. As Basil loves warm soil and warm temperatures, it will languish if temperatures are below 15 C (60 F). Sow seed directly outdoors in a sunny site with average soil in late May and June. Plant seed 4 mm (3/16â€³) deep and 6 mm (1/4â€³) apart. Thin to 25-30 cm (10-12â€³) apart in the garden. Seed can also be started indoors in a soil-less mix 4-6 weeks before last frost date. Keep temperature at 21 C (70 F) for the 7-10 day germination period, then grow on at the same temperature before hardening off and transplanting outside after the danger of all frost has passed.
Start Indoors for an Earlier Crop or Sow Direct
DAYS TO EMERGENCE
7 to 12
Killed by Frost
DAYS TO HARVEST
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
A must for pesto, Seasoning for sauces, soups and stews.