SWEET BASIL HERB SEEDS , Genovese, Ocimum Basilicum
High Quality, Untreated, Open pollinated Garden Seeds.If you've no room in the garden for extra plants, plant them in Container or hanging basket.
Approximately 19,000 Seeds Per oz
- High Quality, Untreated,
- Open pollinated Garden Seeds.
- Great in containers
- Excellent for micro-greens,Baby leaf
- Excellent in teas, said to be a digestive aid and to repel flying insects
- Seeds per Ounce: 19,000
- Excellent choice as microgreens.
- Warm season annual
Genovese basil is one of the most popular basils for culinary uses. The leaves are about 3” large, dark green color and tender. Plant are about 2’ tall.
Maturity: Approx. 16-25 days to maturity for microgreens, 70-75 days to maturi
Planting season: Late spring to early summer
Sweet Basil is a tender annual that comes from the Old World tropics It prefers sunny locations and rich soil. Appreciates afternoon shade in hot, southern climates. Can be grown in containers indoors as well as outside. Basils have a clove-like scent and taste. Flowers are very attractive to honey bees. Our Genovese type has a stronger and more anise-like taste than our Italian Large Leaf basil. Culinary uses: Mediterranean cuisine; tomato-based sauces, soups, salads, pasta, pesto, chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables and vinegars.
In Greek and Roman cultures, however, basil represented hate and misfortune; because of this, gardeners would often shout abuses at their plants to help them grow.
Sowing: Since basil thrives in warm weather, it grows best when the soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date, sowing them thinly in flats and providing heat to speed germination. Transplant 15-18" apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds 1/4" deep in rich soil and full sun, thinning to 15-18" apart when the seedlings develop. Basil also grows well indoors or as a container plant.
Sweet Basil Genovese (Ocimum Basilicum Genovese) - This variety of Sweet Basil seeds produce extremely tender and fragrant herb plants. Genovese Basil has extra-large, dark green leaves and is often used in Italian pesto. Genovese Basil typically grows to a height of 18 - 24 inches. Plant Genovese Basil seeds indoors or directly sow the herb seeds outside after all danger of frost. Like most Basil plants, it grows best in full sun. When you plant these herb seeds in nice, warm temperatures, it only takes 60 - 90 days for full maturity.
USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Growing: Basil thrives in soil that drains well, yet needs water often. If the weather drops below 50 degrees, provide protection. As the plant grows, pruning it helps it to develop into a bushy, healthy plant; pruning is also important because once the plant flowers, it will begin to wilt and die. To prune the plant, remove the top several sets of leaves on each stem, taking care to leave at least three sets of leaves on the lower part.
Harvesting: Basil leaves can be harvested as soon as they reach a height of 6-8". The best time to harvest the leaves is in the morning after the dew dries. After the plant is established, harvesting often actually improves production; once the flowers develop, however, the leaves grow bitter to the taste. Remove single leaves or parts of a stem as needed, taking care to leave at least three sets of leaves on the length of the stem for healthy growth. When harvesting, pinch off the stem directly above the next set of leaves. Fresh basil will keep for several days at room temperature, with the stems in a glass of water; if refrigerated, it tends to wilt and turn brown. Basil also freezes and dries well. Since the water content of basil is very high and it can mold easily, the best method for drying is a dehydrator, an oven, or a similar dry, warm location.
Seed Saving: After the flowers have finished blooming, the seeds will begin to develop. Harvest the clusters of pods when they turn brown, and spread them out to dry in a protected location away from direct sunlight. Thresh the heads to remove the seed, and clean out as much of the chaff as possible. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 18 - 24 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/4 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches a part; thin seedlings 8 inches