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

Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Aromatic

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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)

Ore City, Texas

Volga, West Virginia

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.