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Organic Basil (Genovese) Seeds


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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  

    We offer a replacement guarantee

    To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

    What will postage cost?

    Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

    Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

    If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

    If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

    How often do you dispatch?

    To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

    How do you package your products?

    We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


    Where do you deliver to? 

    We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

    South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

    While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

    We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

    Do you deliver to post office boxes?

    Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.