Italian Genovese Basil Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

There is nothing like the aroma of basil in the summer! Genovese has the traditional fragrance and flavor, making it excellent for almost any basil dish, especially pesto. One of the most useful herbs, it also has beautiful, edible flowers. In a warm, sunny window, basil can grow indoors in the winter! A good container variety.
  • Organic Heirloom #6027 - 1.5 grams
    This packet sows up to 340 feet
  • $1.99
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  • Organic Heirloom Large Packet #7750 - 6 grams
    This packet sows up to 1385 feet
  • $3.99
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Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

Family: Laminaceae

Native: Probably Africa, but in cultivation for so long that it cannot be verified.

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 18"–24" tall, 10" wide

Variety Information: Large, dark green almond-shaped leaves. This is the true Italian pesto basil from the Genoa area of Italy, pesto capital of the world.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°–85°F. Successive Sowings: We recommend 3 or 4 successive sowings every 3 weeks after initial sowing.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Transplant when your nighttime temperatures are above 50°F.

Days to Emerge: 5 – 10 Days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 12"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Harvesting: Basil flavor is best before the plant flowers. Harvest up to 1/3 of the plant at a time, leaving enough for the plant to be healthy and keep producing. Harvest prior to a frost; basil is very frost sensitive.

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Italian Genovese Basil Seeds Reviews

4 reviews
Grows Like A Weed
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 20, 2018
I buy this basil from Botanical Interests every year because it grows so well. I typically start it inside in late March, and transplant it outside in late May. I grow about 5 plants and have plenty of basil to not only satisfy my needs, but to share with neighbors too. I've never had trouble with pests on it.
Lindsey Helgoth

Basil Germination
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 4, 2019
Although the basil I ordered in 2018 did well, this year's basil seed did not germinate.
Susan Long
Owner Response: Hi Susan, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. A customer service agent will be with you soon regarding the basil germination and to see if we can offer some tips. We send our seeds to an independent laboratory to have their germination rate tested regularly, ensuring we are providing gardeners that test above federal and our own standards. Thank you again for reaching out about your experience and we look forward to talking to you.

Disappointed basil
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Jul 17, 2020
I brought the seeds at from our local amstrong garden. Planted the seeds on june 20, its july 17 today and just three germinated from d whole sachet. The seedlings not even a centimeter tall and dont seem to grow any further. I planted d seeds in organic soil. Not sure why they r not growing.
Owner Response: Ambalika, Once basil is germinated it take a bit to set roots and take off. Some exceptions are if the soil is cool or if the media they are growing in is devoid of nutrients. I hope that helps!

Good in containers
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 13, 2020
Barely grew in the ground, went to seed quickly. Grew very well in a container.
Owner Response: Hi Leslie, It sounds like these grew better for you in a container. It is safe to assume that something about the container growing was less stressful as stress causes early bolting (seed). Potting soils are designed to stay more consistently moist and provide loose growing space for roots. It may help to amend your garden beds or perform a soil test to get the best results in your garden also. Happy gardening!

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