Basil Genovese (Ocimum Basilicum Genovese) - 250 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 4-10
This is the classic Italian basil, and the crucial ingredient for pesto! Large, dark green leaves are tender, delicious, and aromatic. This plant loves warm weather, so be sure to wait until all danger of frost has passed before planting. Does beautifully in containers. Slow to bolt as long as you regularly pinch the blooms. Once it has bolted, use the flowers as garnish for salads, pasta, and drinks.
Genovese basil is a cultivar of Ocimum basilicum (sweet basil). It is one of the most popular basils for culinary use, particularly for its use in pesto, the traditional Genoese sauce.
As a medicinal herb, basil genovese and other sweet basil are used to treat digestion and liver problems, to detoxify the body, as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant, to treat headaches and migraines, and also for wound care and to treat skin conditions.
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.
Sow basil seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit. Sow seeds ¼ inches deep, keep the soil moist at 70° F. As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to the manufacturer's directions. If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots. Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.
DIRECT SOWING IN GARDEN:
Direct sow in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost when the soil is at least 60° F. Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth. Sow seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inches of fine soil. Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.
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