Italian Genovese Basil
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- Commonly used in pesto
- Large green leaves that curl in
- Tender perennial
Weight: 1 lbs
Container Size: 3.5" container
About This Plant
Up to 28 inches
Up to 24 inches
Strong aroma, Commonly used in cooking, Easy to maintain
Leaf Time of Year
Spring, Summer, Fall
Plant Care Tips
Planting InstructionsIf soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care DescriptionPinch or cut to promote lush new growth. Do not trim wooden parts as it will not grow back.
Effort of Care
Fertile and moist, Well-Drained
This plant performs best in full sun, can also grow in partial sun.
Keep soil moist at all times during growing season. Can use mulch to prevent soil from drying out. Once established, water if top soil is dry.
Disease and Pests
Aphids, slugs, Japanese Beetles, earwig, fungal diseases
USDA Hardiness Zone