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Basil 'Genovese' (Sweet Basil)
Basil 'Genovese' (Sweet Basil)

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Our Price: $5.95
ZONE: Annual
SIZE: 24"H x 12"S
BLOOM: White, Summer

Availability: Back in Stock 12.15.18

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Sweet Basil Plants (Genovese)

Ocimum basilicum

Basil 'Genovese', also called Sweet Basil, is one of the most popular herb plants that we offer. We grow a lot of different basil plants and this is a favorite for authentic Italian basil flavor and aroma - it is often used to make traditional pesto. It is a must for your culinary herb gardening efforts.

Culturally, Genovese Basil is important to Italian cuisine, and traditionally was a symbol of love throughout Italy. When women were preparing for courtship, many would place a potted Genovese outside of their door to signal suitors that they were receptive to their calls. In India, it is considered a sacred herb, and is often dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna.

Sweet Genovese Basil Plants

A hugely popular culinary herb, the tall and relatively slow to bolt stems on this basil plant bear dark green leaves about 3" long. This is a wonderful pesto basil and our Italian Cuisine Kit is a great starter set for the ambitious chef!

Basil is also a fantastic companion plant and natural pest repellent. Check out Briscoe's Tips to learn what not to plant near your Basil and how you can use it to keep mosquitoes away this summer!

Zone: Annual

: 24"H X 12"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: White, Summer

Uses: Edible aromatic foliage, dark green leaves about 3" long. Yields abundant leaves with authentic Italian basil flavor that tastes great in a pesto sauce. Easy to grow in containers or outdoors.

Tips: As with most varieties of basil, they love the sun and cannot tolerate cold. If you are keeping it indoors to extend its growing season, make sure it gets lots of light and adequate, but not excessive water. Pinch the flowering tops down to the first set of leaves, or first node, to prolong its usefulness in the kitchen.

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 7 Write a review.

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Better plants at local supermkt July 2, 2018
Reviewer: Gil Ortale from Philadelphia, PA United States  
Delivery slow as all get out. Plants avg health.  Price + shipping well above average

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Sweet Basil May 31, 2017
Reviewer: Joyce Gregoire from Hyannis, MA United States  
Unfortunately my basil did not survive, too cold still. Maybe some of the more tender herbs should not be shipped until the nights are warmer, or there should be a warning on them to bring them in.  I did, however, get an immediate refund for this plant and had to buy locally.  I gave an excellent rating because it was in excellent condition when I received it.

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Yummy May 1, 2017
Reviewer: Connie Parrin from BLUFFTON, SC United States  
Beautiful herb plant with great flavor - it grows fast so keep it trimmed to thicken it out (versus up).  I'll eat a leaf or two while tending the garden.  Enjoy!

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Beautiful basil February 17, 2014
Reviewer: Charlotte Swenson from Merion Station, PA United States  
I have bought this basil for the past two years. It arrives lush and lovely. I am no gardener but it survives even with me. Great output. I use it mainly to make pesto which is delicious. It's really nice to have my own handy plant.  Thanks for a good product.

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Great Crop February 17, 2014
Reviewer: Larry Amerman from Houston, TX United States  
This crop is a musty have, easy to grow and produces some very fagrant and flavorful leaves.  Great for sauces and soups.  THe more you pick the more it grows.

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