Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching.
Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter. Remove flower stalks to lengthen harvest time.
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.
Non-patented (Baker Creek carries only non-patented seeds3)
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.
Genovese named after the city of Genoa Italy.2
Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.