Ocimum basilicum Annual. An intensely scented strain of sweet basil with slightly hairy leaves and purple flowers. Excellent fresh market basil growing in popularity.
Growing Genovese Basil Microgreens
Genovese Basil Seeds: ocimum basilcum
Seeding: Approx 1 Oz to a 10"x20" tray
Seed Presoak: No (mucilaginous)
Growing Medium: hydroponic, soil
Preferred Medium: hydroponic for microgreens, soil for baby greens and adult stage
Germination Rate: high
Germination Time: 3 to 4 days
Microgreens Harvest time: 8 to 12 days
Microgreens Ideal Harvest: 10 days
Baby Salad / Adult Stage Harvest: 16+ days (grow in soil)
Micro Greens Color:green
Micro Greens Flavor: intense basil
- Microgreens & baby salad greens
- Garnishes & sandwiches
- Survival Food Storage
- Cooking & seasoning
Notes & Growing Tips: Genovese basil is a variety of sweet basil. It has a mucilaginous seed, meaning that it develops a jelly-like coating when it gets wet. Mist more frequently to keep the coating moist. Grows very well hydroponically and does better in well-lit conditions, but it is a slower grower. You may experiment with harvest times past 10 days. Genovese basil is a beautiful green color with an interesting shape that makes for a colorful garnish. Micro basil does not grow tall, so you will need to harvest close to the root line and rinse well. Micro basil seeds are among the more expensive seeds but are worth it for their intense basil flavor.
Micro basil is an outstanding choice for caprese, pesto or any recipe that calls for fresh basil. The flavor of micro basil is a bit more intense than adult basil.
***Note: Although we have indicated the specific medium that this particular seed prefers, you can still experiment with either soil or hydroponic mediums. Results may vary.