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Sweet Genovese Basil

(Ocimum basilicum)

Sweet Genovese (Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’) grows 24-30” and produces 2-3” Green leaves and white flowers. Slow to bolt.

Strong, Spicy anise/clove. Great for pesto.

Basil requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight and a rich, well-drained
Soil. Fertilize 2-3 times during active growth (when leaves are harvested)
Water plants weekly during dry spells. Keep water off the leaves to
Reduce fungal diseases. A 1” mulch is beneficial.

Basil is a tender annual that should be planted after all danger of frost.
This herb declines when temperatures go below 50 F. It can be
Grown in the garden as well as in pots and containers.

Begin pinching leaves when six sets of leaves have formed for culinary
Use and to promote branching. By late June, flowering may begin.
Remove the flower spikes to encourage more leaf production. Young
Leaves are more tender and tasty than older leaves, but all leaves can be

Sweet Genovese Basil