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Italian Genovese Basil

Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese'
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POS ID: 166437
Traditional Italian Basil, the Genovese Basil is commonly used in cooking such as in pesto and in salads. Its leaves are bright green and shiny, curling inwards as the plant gets bigger. This plant loves warm weather, so avoid planting outside until the last spring frost has come and gone. Basil-Genovese will thrive in full sun and should be planted with about 8" of space between each plant.
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Container Size:
3.5" container
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Quick Facts

  • Commonly used in pesto
  • Large green leaves that curl in
  • Tender perennial

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Traditional Italian Basil, the Genovese Basil is commonly used in cooking such as in pesto and in salads. Its leaves are bright green and shiny, curling inwards as the plant gets bigger. This plant loves warm weather, so avoid planting outside until the last spring frost has come and gone. Basil-Genovese will thrive in full sun and should be planted with about 8" of space between each plant.

Weight: 1 lbs

Container Size: 3.5" container

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About This Plant

Type

Edibles

Edible Type

Herb

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Flowering

Mature Height

Up to 28 inches

Mature Width

Up to 24 inches

Features

Strong aroma, Commonly used in cooking, Easy to maintain

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall

Bloom Time

Summer

Bloom Color

White

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If 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 Description
Pinch or cut to promote lush new growth. Do not trim wooden parts as it will not grow back.

Effort of Care

Moderate

Soil Type

Fertile and moist, Well-Drained

Growth Rate

Very Fast

Light Needs

This plant performs best in full sun, can also grow in partial sun.

Water Needs

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

10

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