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Basil Seeds (Organic) - Genovese Ocimum basilicum

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Unit Size Unit Price Savings Qty
Packet $4.95
1 Ounce $16.95
1/4 Pound $46.95 31%
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  • Open Pollinated, fast-growing annual
  • Widely considered the best basil for pesto!
  • Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas

Product Description

Genovese Basil (Organic) Seeds

Though its name and its reputation are as Italian as it gets, many find it interesting to note that the cultivar that we call Genovese Basil actually hails from Asia and North Africa, and then made its way north and west centuries ago. Genovese Basil today is considered by all to be the superior basil for making the tastiest pesto in the world. Plant these 100% organic Genovese Basil seeds in a sunny spot and enjoy a tasty harvest of one of the world’s favorite herbs. Buy Organic Genovese Basil Seeds by the packet or in bulk!

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Basil Seeds (Organic) - Genovese
    Botanical Name:Ocimum basilicum
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Light Requirement:Full Sun
    Planting Season:Spring
    Plant Type:Upright bush with large green leaves
    Features:Open Pollinated, Organic, Container Garden, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Indoor, Outdoor, Fast Growing, Culinary, Deer Resistant
    Days to Maturity:60-90 Days
    Plant Spacing:10 inches
    Planting Depth:1/4 inch
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow, Start Indoors
    Cold Stratification:No
    Seeds per Packet:500 mg
    Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    How to Grow Genovese Basil

    About Basil

    Many herb-loving gardeners grow basil in vegetable beds and in pots around the kitchen door, where they are easy to pinch for cooking and hard to forget to water.

    When to Plant Basil Seeds

    Basil is a tender annual that cannot survive through frost. Plant your basil seeds outdoors directly into your garden after all danger of frost has passed. Or, if you want a head start, plant basil seeds indoors as early as 6 weeks before the last frost and then plant out after you've hardened off your seedlings and the weather has warmed.

    Where to Plant Basil Seeds

    Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day and preferably in an area sheltered against cold winds. Basil thrives best in rather poor, gravelly, and well-drained soil. When grown in rich garden beds, they make more luxuriant vegetative growth but lose much of their fragrance and flavor. Keep in mind that basil leaves can be used in your daily culinary endeavors, so keep your plantings in reach or at least in a garden close to your kitchen.

    How to Plant Basil Seeds

    Till the area or rake to loosen the soil and amend with either organic compost or well-rotted manure to add good drainage to the soil. Sow basil seed ¼” deep; thin successful plants to 8 inches apart or more depending on the variety. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Keep your basil soil moist for quick growth, but do not overwater. It is best to mulch around the base of the plant to aide in moisture retention and to deter weeds.

    Basil makes a wonderful bedfellow with tomatoes and peppers to enhance their growth.

    How to Harvest Basil

    Keep your basil plants around the kitchen door where they’are easy to pinch for cooking and adding to salads. With herbs, especially basil, using them regularly is a form of maintenance – the more you pinch, the more they grow.

    The most favorable time for cutting is early in the morning after the dew has dried and before the plants have been touched with hot midday sun. Cut just as the flowers are about to open, it is at this stage that the essential oils are the most abundant.

    Since Basil will be killed by any touch of frost, gardeners can prolong its life-span by transplanting basil plants into containers and moving them into a warm, sunny location indoor. Basil will do best near a south-facing window. If you live in USDA Zone 9 or above you can keep your basil growing outdoors year-round.

    Download Printable Planting Guide

  • Seed Coverage

    AmountRecommended Coverage
      
    PacketUp to 30 Sq. Ft
    Ounce PackageUp to 150 Sq. Ft
    1/4 Pound PackageUp to 600 Sq. Ft
    1 Pound SackUp to 2,500 Sq. Ft
    5 Pound SackUp to 12,500 Sq. Ft

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