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PlantFiles: Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Sweet Genovese'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Genovese

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

23 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive risingcreek On Jan 25, 2013, risingcreek from sun city, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Love this basil! easy to grow, tastes wonderful, our hot summers do not bother it.

Positive mjab17 On Jan 28, 2009, mjab17 from North Billerica, MA wrote:

i no i started it really early -- but i can't wait to taste it

Positive Suze_ On May 3, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love and grow all different sorts of basils, but this is the best tasting and most versatile, imo. If I could only grow one variety of basil, it would be this one. .

Large leaf italian basil from the Genoa region of Italy. Leaves up to 3" long and 2" wide. Considered by many to be the best basil for pesto.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Capistrano Beach, California
Laguna Beach, California
Menifee, California
Raymond, Maine
North Billerica, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Wayne, New Jersey
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Volga, West Virginia
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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