Basil - Genovese

Seed Amount:

Non-GMO Genovese Basil seeds. Basil may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden, or planted as a potted plant. Seedlings can emerge 7-14 days after seeds have been planted. 60-69 days to maturity.

Begin light harvesting after plants have been established. It is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler and the leaves are less likely to wilt. A full harvest should be completed just before the plants start to flower. Make sure you cut the entire plant 4-6” above the ground to promote a second growth.

Genovese Basil - Herb Garden Seeds

Genovese Basil (Ocimum Basilicum), also known as sweet basil, is one of the most popular Basils that is used in the culinary world. It is regularly used in Pesto, Tomato Sauces and soups. It is also very good on pizza and is commonly seen on the margarita at most restaurants.

The best Genovese Basil is said to be grown in Prá, a western delegation of the city of Genoa. It is an annual native to India, Africa and Asia. Of all of the basils to grow (there are about 150 varieties) Genovese is one of the best because it typically yields 7 to 8 cuttings.

When harvesting note that leaves can easily be bruised so be sure and handle with care. Also note that Genovese Basil is not drought tolerant and can be damaged by heat stress. Regular moisture throughout the growing season helps to ensure that you will have a good crop. After harvesting do not store at a temperature less than 50 degrees. Genovese Basil has a slightly sweet and peppery flavor.

Latin Name: Ocimum Basilicum
Variety: Genovese
Other Names:Genovese
Seeds per Oz: Approx 14,300
Days to Maturity: Approx 68

Non-GMO: Yes
Organic: No
Heirloom: Yes
Treated: No
Pelleted: No
Hybrid: No
Open Pollinated: Yes

Plant Type: Annual
Hardiness Zone: 4-10
Uses: Garnishes, Cooking, Seasoning
Temp Preference: Warmer
Light Preference: Full Sun, or Partial Shade
Resistances: None


Seed Planting Depth Seeds per Ounce Germination Temperature Days to Germination Row Spacing Plant Spacing 100' Row Yield Sun
¼” Approx 14,300 70 F 14 to 21 18” 1 Foot N/A Full Sun, Partial Shade

Sowing: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using at least 3-4” deep pots. Sow seeds ¼” deep in the soil. Keep the soil moist 70 degrees. As soon as seedlings emerge provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or under fluorescent grow lights. Make sure to not have the lights on 24 hours leave them on for 16 and off for the last 8. If sowing directly into the soil wait until the last frost has happened and pick a spot directly in the sun. Sow beneath the soil ¼” keeping the soil moist and well-watered.

Transplanting: Before transplanting in the garden seedlings need to be “hardened off”. Make sure that you pick a spot that is in full sunlight. Prepare the garden soil by turning the soil under to a depth of 8”. Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the whole root ball.

Soil Preference: Lamb’s ear is fairly drought tolerant and will do well in poor soils. Make sure your soil has good drainage and won’t be likely to accumulate standing water at the base of the plant.

Other Tips: Make sure and handle with care as Genovese Basil leaves are easily bruised when harvesting. This plant is not drought tolerant so be sure and water regularly throughout the growing season.

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
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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.

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