'Italian Large Leaf' is a Basil variety in the Ocimum genus with a scientific name of Ocimum basilicum. Leaves appear approximately as a Kelly green colour.
Large Leaf basil is considered the best for true Neapolitan recipes including pesto. Grows 24 to 40 inches tall and twelve inches wide. Repels pests including aphids, mites and tomato hornworm. Rich well-drained soil and full sun is needed for the best growth of this plant.An annual, so it will last but a year in its native climate. Italian Large Leaf is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.
India is believed to be where Italian Large Leaf originates from.
Italian Large Leaf Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally 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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Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching.
Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter.
Pinch out flower buds for longer harvesting.
Good companion plants: tomato, cucumber and asparagus
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 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Italian Large Leaf about 20 days before your last frost date.
Plant out when frost risk has passed.Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Italian Large Leaf is a half hardy plant.
By our calculations, you should look at planting out Italian Large Leaf about 21 days after your last frost date.
Cut it back to about 1/4 inch above a node which is where the branch meets the main stem. Make sure to leave enough foliage on the plants so they can continue to grow.This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.
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.
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