Growing Italian Large Leaf Basil Seeds
- Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
- Large Leaf Basil Days to Maturity: Annual, depends on the length of the warm season
- Basil Planting Depth: 1/4"
- Basil Sow Spacing: 12-18”
- Basil Plant Growth Habit: Upright
- Basil Seed Soil Preference: Well-drained and moist
- Basil Plant Temperature Preference: Warm; the longer the season, the better
- Basil Herb Light Preference: Full sun
- Italian Large Leaf Color: Green, ranging from pale to dark
- Flavor: Sweet anise flavor, the most popular of basil varieties
Italian Large Leaf Basil Growing Habits
Basil Italian Large Leaf (Ocimum Basilicum), is an annual seed that does best in growing zones 4-10. Sow 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Keep the soil moist and around 70 degrees. You should see seedlings emerge 7-14 days after planting your seeds. As soon as seedlings appear make sure and give the plants plenty of sunlight. Keep them on a windowsill if possible, or under fluorescent grow lights during the day.
Italian Large Leaf Basil Uses
For drying or freezing, harvest leaves that have their maximum oil content just before they flower. To dry, cut whole stems on a dry morning, tie stems loosely together in small bunches and hang to dry in an airy location. If you are going to freeze it, you may do so on a cookie sheet and then seal them in a zip lock bag. You can also mince it and freeze in an ice cube tray with water or oil. To harvest, pinch the stem just above a set of leaves as needed from the top this will help to keep the plants bushy. Make sure you donâ€™t harvest too much at a time as this can weaken the plant. The flowers of the Basil Italian Large Leaf are also edible and are used sometimes as a garnish
Italian Large Leaf Basil is fragrant and flavorful, growing extra-large leaves that are a staple ingredient of the culinary world. Whether you are using this for Pesto, Spaghetti sauce, or simply as a companion for your tomato plants (basil is a superb pest repellent), it is one of the best herbs for big satisfying harvests all summer long. Basil Italian Large Leaf loves hot weather and lots of sunshine, but it needs consistently moist, rich soil.
- 1 g - Approximately 250 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 17,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 68,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 272,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 1,360,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 6,800,000 Seeds