Italian sweet leaf basil. The large leaves are so aromatic and almost succulent. Genovese is usually what people picture when basil is mentioned. Used most traditionally to make pesto.Basil provides great nutrition. Contains high levels of Vitamin K, and moderate levels of beta carotene, also contains vitamin C, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and omega-3 fatty acids. This plant gets to be between 1-2 feet tall, and will need to get pinched back regularly to help it branch out and not go to seed. Likes moist, well-draining soil, and long warm summer days. Can be susceptible to fungus, so keep the lowest leaves trimmed, and protect from excessive rains if possible.
|Days to germination||5-10 days|
|Days to maturity||60-90|
|Soil temperature||70-90 degrees F|
|Optimum soil P.H||6.0-7.0|
|Height||16-18 in. tall, 12-16 in. wide|
|Harvest||You can harvest leaves at any point during the grow season|