Basil (Sweet Genovese) Plants
HERB-BAS-1-3Regular price $4.00
Sorry - it isn't the best time to plant this right now. Why don't you try Perennial Basil - a great autumn alternative in frost-free areas.
Fragrant Bounty Sweet Genovese Basil is a must in any summer herb garden. It grows well in pots on your window sill or deck, and add a lovely freshness to cuisine.
Urban Bounty Basil plants come in a 9.5cm pot.
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 also be used to make a stimulating fresh tea. Use it to make delicious fresh pesto, or in 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)
Take care to plant Basil in a sheltered spot that has rich, free draining soil. Basil is a sun-lover, but just like us, its leaves can get sunburned if it receives too much of a good thing. Water regularly at the roots in hot weather, as this herb loves moist soil. It goes without saying that this summer herb will not survive in frosty, cold conditions.
Once your plant comes away, 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 this seedling.
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.