Genovese is a variety of Basil which is a member of the Ocimum family. Its botanical name is Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese'. Leaves usually appear in La Salle Green and Ao green colour.
‘Genovese’ is a very productive large-leaf type with a wonderful flavour. Basil is an aromatic, bushy annual plant with shiny green leaves and small white flowers. It is an essential herb to flavour tomato dishes and to make pesto sauce. Make extra pesto to freeze early in the season before the leaves become bitter. Always add basil at the end of the cooking time to maximise its flavour. 1Genovese grows as an Annual and is a Herb. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Genovese is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial).
Italy is believed to be where Genovese originates from.
Genovese Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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How to grow Basil 'Genovese'
Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching.
Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter. Remove flower stalks to lengthen harvest time.
Growing Genovese from seed
Cover with finely sieved compost.Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.12 inches (0.3 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 10°C / 50°F.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Genovese about 20 days before your last frost date.
Set out plants or sow seeds when all frost risk has passed.Genovese is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.
By our calculations, you should look at planting out Genovese about 14 days after your last frost date.
Basil 'Genovese' information
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The word basil means “king” in Greek – it is believed to have grown above the spot where St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross.
Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.
fn1 Seed packet from Green Harvest
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