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Basil 'Italian Large Leaf'  

Ocimum basilicum

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'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.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Italian Large Leaf have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Italian Large Leaf

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

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
Dislikes: Rue

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Italian Large Leaf is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in loamy, sandy and silty soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.0 and 7.5 as Italian Large Leaf likes to be in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Italian Large Leaf 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 0.2 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.

Transplanting Italian Large Leaf

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.

Harvesting Italian Large Leaf

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.

Basil Italian Large Leaf Etymology

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.

Italian Large Leaf folklore & trivia

Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.

Misspellings of Basil 'Italian Large Leaf'

large leave, large leaved, italian large leave

Other Names for Basil 'Italian Large Leaf'

italian large leaved

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