Approximately 600-702 seeds per gram Lot# BA01107 Ocimum basilicum Genovese is a vigorous, tall growing, large leafed basil. It grows on average to 60 cm (24") tall with shiny, large, almond-shaped leaves which have a distinct, pronounced flavor. Pruning growing tips makes for bushier plants.
For outdoor growing, sow basil seeds from mid-April to mid-May for transplanting to the garden in June. Direct sow Basil seeds in late-May or early June, once the soil has warmed up. Basil requires warm soil and full sun. Sow seeds 12 mm (½") deep in sterilized seed starting mix. Basil is prone to damping off, so once seeds sprout, make sure they are adequately ventilated and kept under very bright lights.
Thin to 20-25 cm (8-10") apart. Using bottom heat speeds germination. Use any rich, loose, well-drained soil. Once plants are 15 cm (6") tall, pinch out the growing tips to encourage really bushy growth prior to harvest.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil.
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 12 mm (½") deep in soil mix. Basil is prone to damping off, so once seeds sprout, make sure they are adequately ventilated and kept under very bright light. Thin to 20-25 cm (8-10″) apart.
Height at Maturity: 45-60 cm (18-24"). Spread: 40-45 cm (16-18”)
Day to Maturity: 70 days. Pick leaves when plant is able to support harvesting.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Thin to 20-25 cm (8-10") apart.
Additional Information Open pollinated-untreated Seeds. Once plants are 15 cm (6″) tall, pinch out the growing tips to encourage really bushy growth prior to harvest. Watch for signs of flower buds forming in mid-summer, and pinch these off to promote more foliage. Genovese being an Annual, tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Genovese is known for growing with a forb like habit to a height of approximately 45-60 cm (18-24”) high. Genovese Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant. Basil thrives in containers, window boxes, and planters, so it’s easy to keep a steady supply growing right outside your door.