How to Grow Genovese Basil

Genovese-basil

Genovese Basil
Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’
Annual
When to Sow: Spring
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Uses: Culinary, beverage, aromatic
Ease of Germination: Very easy

Genovese basil is from the Genoa area of Italy, the pesto capital of the world. The leaves are larger than sweet basil and has a more bushy growth. The flavour is pungent, slightly spicy, and very aromatic. ‘Genovese’ is the classic basil for pesto and tomato-based dishes. The sweet, large, dark-green leaves grow up to 2 inches long, and the plant is slow to go to seed in the heat. In the summer it blooms with spikes of pale-pink or purple flowers.

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Growing Instructions

Basil is very easy to grow. Germination takes approximately 1 week. Prefers full-sun. Rich, moist, well-drained soil. Bury seeds .5 cm deep ¼”. For best germination results grow indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture. Keep soil moist, but never soggy. Transplant outside after risk of frost. Rows 30-90 cm/12-36” apart.

How to Harvest Basil

Once it is over 2″ in height you can start pinching the stem it back at the internodes, so that it encourages a more bushy growth. Don’t let it come to flower as it will lessen the flavour quality of the leaves greatly, as well as shorten the life span of the plant.

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