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Genovese Basil


Genovese Basil is a slow-to-bolt, Italian variety with large, aromatic leaves. Great for sauces, pestos and pizzas! Ocimum basilicum. 70 days to maturity.


Genovese Basil is an Italian basil variety with large leaves that work great for making sauces and pestos. This variety produces plants that average 24-30" tall and are slow to bolt. The leaves are very aromatic and are also a favorite for using on Neapolitan pizzas.

Genovese Basil can be harvested multiple times throughout warm-growing season. Continue to pluck the blooms for continual production. Be sure to harvest only one-third of the leaves on a plant at one time. This will ensure that the plant has plenty of leaves remaining for continued production. Basil grows best when it has consistently moist soil without any prolonged periods of drought. The aroma from basil leaves can also serve as a pest deterrent in the garden, repelling common garden pests like aphids and hornworms.

Genovese Basil may be direct-seeded or transplanted, although we recommend transplanting. If direct seeding, use a walk-behind seeder and plant densely along the row. We suggest using a modified #1 or #2 plate for direct seeding basil. As always, seed plate holes should be modified to fit the size of seed being used. For large, full-sized plants, thin to one plant every 4″ along the row. Transplanting is our preferred method of planting basil. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Basil transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.

Genovese Basil Planting Information

Planting Method: direct seed or transplant

When to Plant: early spring and fall

Planting Depth: 1/4″

Seed Spacing: 1/2"

Row Spacing: 18″

Days to Maturity: 70

Disease Tolerance: None

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Dee Birdwell
Absolutely beautiful and flavorful!

I’ve been wowed!!! By far the best basil I’ve ever grown. Beautiful to look at, great aroma and tastes so good. Hands down, beats those well known seed packets. The best part was how quick these seeds germinated, 3 days and all the seeds, not some, all of them popped up. Your Italian basil is great too! Thank you Hoss for such viable seeds.

Gary K.
Great seeds as always

I started 24 seeds, 100% germination. transplanted into 3 inch pots last week. Gave 6 plants away to neighbors. I had planned to plant in the garden, however my onions are not ready to harvest. I guess the cold spring held them back.