Genovese basil seeds are the very best Italian pesto variety of basil. This basil is recognized as the traditional Italian heirloom variety. It has shiny, large, almond-shaped leaves have a more pronounced flavor, and stores well if chopped and frozen in ice cube trays. Pinch growing tips for bushier plants. Planting basil from seed is truly enjoyable.
Companion Planting for Basil
Basil grows extremely well with tomato as it improves the tomato flavor.
Planting: Plant in full sun. Seeds germinate slowly, but will germinate faster when heated from below. Basil enjoys hot weather and full sun. Plant 1 1/2 feet apart. Plant basil 2 weeks after the last spring frost. This flavorful herb is perfect for raised garden beds, containers, and in-ground gardens.
Watering: Keep well water in the summer months. Basil thrives in moist soil.
Fertilizer: Plant in a well-drained soil enriched with compost, aged manure, or other organic materials. Seedlings need little fertilizer.
Days to Maturity: Can harvest leaves around 60-90 days. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
Size: Basil Genovese can grow to about 24″‘ tall.
- Do not harvest too much of the basil at once or the loss of leaves will weaken the plant.
- Flowers are also edible. Beautiful as a garnish. Also add flowers to cool summer drinks.
- To dry basil, cut whole stems on a dry morning. Tie stems loosely together in small bunches and hang in a dry, airy location out of the sun. Basil may also be dried on a cheesecloth or a window screen. When thoroughly dry, store in a tightly sealed glass jar in a dry, dark location.
Tips: Harvest Basil early in the morning for highest oil content.
Cooking with Basil: A favorite with tomatoes and of course fresh pesto!