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An original Italian sweet basil prized for its spicy flavour and wonderful aroma.



HPP HERB BASIL GENOVESE . An original Italian sweet basil prized for its spicy flavour and wonderful aroma. Fragrant plants grow 18-24″. This is the variety of choice for pesto. Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Annual.

Cultivation Advice .2

  • Basil thrives in warm weather, so plant it after the danger of frost has passed. Ensure a sunny location with well-draining soil for optimal growth.
  • Use fertile, well-draining soil with good aeration. Incorporate organic matter like compost into the soil to improve its fertility and texture.
  • Sow basil seeds directly in the garden bed or start them indoors in seed trays. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep in the soil.
  • Germination typically occurs within 5-10 days at temperatures around 65-85°F (18-29°C).
  • Basil loves sunlight and requires at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily for robust growth.
  • Water basil plants consistently, ensuring the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water at the base to avoid wetting the leaves.
  • Basil is a light feeder. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost when planting and again during the growing season to provide essential nutrients.
  • Thin basil seedlings to allow sufficient space between plants, approximately 6-12 inches apart, to ensure proper growth.
  • If transplanting, do so carefully to avoid damaging the roots.
  • Pinch off the tips of basil stems regularly to encourage bushy growth and prevent flowering. Harvesting also stimulates new leaf growth.
  • Harvest leaves by snipping them from the top, promoting continual leaf production throughout the growing season.
  • Monitor for pests like aphids, spider mites, or whiteflies. Use organic pest control methods or insecticidal soap if needed.
  • Ensure good air circulation around the plants to prevent fungal diseases like powdery mildew.
  • Mulch around basil plants to retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weed growth.
  • Regularly remove weeds to prevent them from competing for nutrients with the basil.
  • Basil is sensitive to cold temperatures. In colder climates, consider growing it in containers that can be brought indoors or protect the plants with row covers when temperatures drop.
  • Use fresh basil leaves in a variety of dishes, including pasta sauces, salads, pizzas, and pesto. Basil is best added toward the end of cooking to preserve its flavor.
  • Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Basil thrives in well-draining soil with good nutrient content.
  • Regularly check the soil nutrients and supplement with organic fertilizers if needed.
  • Basil can benefit from companion planting. Pair it with tomatoes, peppers, or parsley. Basil is believed to enhance the flavors of neighboring plants and deter certain pests.
  • Regularly pinch off the terminal growth (top leaves and stems) to encourage branching and prevent the plant from flowering too early.
  • When harvesting, snip the stems just above a leaf node to encourage new growth from that point.
  • Basil can be easily propagated from cuttings. Take 4-6 inch cuttings from healthy plants, remove lower leaves, and place them in water or a well-draining medium until roots develop.
  • Once rooted, transplant cuttings into soil for continued growth.
  • Basil grows well in containers and can thrive indoors. Use pots with drainage holes and well-draining potting mix. Place the container in a sunny location.
  • Pinch back regularly to maintain a compact, bushy shape suitable for container growth.
  • Air-drying or freezing basil leaves allows for long-term preservation. Air-dry bunches of basil in a well-ventilated area, and store dried leaves in airtight containers.
  • Alternatively, freeze basil leaves by pureeing them with a small amount of oil and freezing the mixture in ice cube trays for future use.
  • Bolting (premature flowering) affects the flavor of basil leaves. Regularly pinching off flower buds or harvesting before the plant flowers helps maintain the best flavor.
  • Harvest before bolting occurs to ensure optimal taste and aroma.
  • Basil emits a fragrance that deters certain pests. Intercropping basil with other plants can help repel insects like mosquitoes and flies from the garden.
  • Allow some basil plants to flower and produce seeds. Collect seeds from dried flower heads for future planting.
  • Store basil seeds in a cool, dry place for the next growing season.

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