Organic Basil (Genovese) Seeds
HERB-BAS-5-1Regular price $3.95
Fragrant Sweet Genovese Basil is an essential summer herb and is easiest to grow from seed. It grows well in pots on your window sill or deck, and adds a lovely freshness to cuisine. Sweet Genovese is the traditional Basil used in pesto.
Our Ecoseeds range is certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated. Each Genovese Basil seed packet contains approximately 100 handpicked seeds - you won't need any more for a small garden.
About Basil (Ocimum basilicum, Sweet Basil)
Basil is an annual herb from the mint family. It has gorgeous aromatic leaves and a fragrant flavour. Although Basil is often known as a Mediterranean classic, it is thought to be a native of India. This herb fits almost any garden style, but looks especially at home in tropical, Mediterranean and Cottage gardens.
Basil flourishes in warmer weather, growing to about 40 cm high and wide.
Uses for Sweet Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum, Sweet Basil)
This Sweet Genovese Basil variety delivers fragrant freshness to Mediterranean classics like Caprese and Greek salad and can make a stimulating fresh tea. Use it in delicious fresh pesto or an orzo pasta salad. The leaves can also be used fresh or dried in meat dishes, salads and sauces.
Growing Conditions- Sweet Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum, Sweet Basil)
Plant Basil in a sheltered spot with rich, free draining soil. Basil is a sun-lover, but just like us, its can get sunburnt from too much of a good thing. Water regularly at the roots in hot weather, as this herb loves moist soil.
Pinch out the tips of your plant and pick the leaves regularly to encourage it to bush out.
Tomatoes, Chillies, Aubergine and Beans are good companion plants for Sweet Genovese Basil.
What type of climate does Sweet Basil prefer?
Basil is a summer plant that flourishes is warm weather. It can be grown in most parts of New Zealand over summer. This plant isn't frost hardy, so wait until after the last winter frost has passed before planting.
Growing Instructions- Sweet Genovese Basil Seeds
Direct sow or transplant: Late spring - late summer
Spacing: 15 cm apart
Sowing depth: 6mm (barely cover with soil)
Germination: 5 - 10 days
Keep soil moist but not soggy
- Harvest: 60 - 70 days from transplant/direct sowing