Basil (Ocimum bacilicum 'Genovese') in the Basils Database

Also sold as:
Genovese Basil

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 18 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Culinary Herb
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 68-77F
Days to germinate: 14-21
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow. Cover lightly with potting mix.
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Sow February-June. Transplant when large enough to handle into 3" pots. Harden off 10-15 days before planting out 12" apart after frost.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Sep 15, 2014 3:06 PM

This is a very pleasant tasting basil, it is easy to grow from seed, and it has nice large leaves.
It is great fresh in a salad, on a sandwich, and made into pesto.
Basil is much better fresh than dried, so I freeze the fresh leaves and cut them while they're still frozen to add to dishes such as spaghetti sauce.
Very tender annual. One of the first to suffer frost.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On February 29, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On March 28, 2015 Obtained plant
vbprog On November 22, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Done and gone already. Too Cold for good supply.
vbprog On November 1, 2014 Seeds sown
Getting an indoor bunch of Basil planted for winter.
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