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 PrÃ¡, 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.
Seeds per Oz: Approx 14,300
Days to Maturity: Approx 68
Open Pollinated: Yes
Plant Type: Annual
Hardiness Zone: 4-10
Uses: Garnishes, Cooking, Seasoning
Temp Preference: Warmer
Light Preference: Full Sun, or Partial Shade
|Seed Planting Depth||Seeds per Ounce||Germination Temperature||Days to Germination||Row Spacing||Plant Spacing||100' Row Yield||Sun|
|Â¼â€||Approx 14,300||70 F||14 to 21||18â€||1 Foot||N/A||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
Sowing: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using at least 3-4â€ deep pots. Sow seeds Â¼â€ 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 Â¼â€ keeping the soil moist and well-watered.
Transplanting: Before transplanting in the garden seedlings need to be â€œhardened offâ€. 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 8â€. Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the whole root ball.
Soil Preference: Lambâ€™s ear is fairly drought tolerant and will do well in poor soils. Make sure your soil has good drainage and wonâ€™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.