Genovese Basil Seeds - (Ocimum basilicum)

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Seed Count:
Approx 50 seeds per pack
Days to Germination:
7-14 days @ 70-85F
Plant Spacing:
Light Preference:
Full sun
Soil Requirements:
Well drained, warm
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
  • Genovese Basil leaves - (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Genovese Basil leaves - (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Genovese Basil leaves - (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Genovese Basil seedlings - (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Genovese Basil Seeds - (Ocimum basilicum)

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Genovese Basil

A prized choice for pesto and sauces, producing generous quantities of choice, incredibly aromatic, flavorful and extremely tender leaves. This basil originated in Italy and is considered to be the absolute best for pesto. In fact, it is so highly regarded that in Europe the classic Pesto alla Genovese can only be made with Genovese basil, which has been recognized as a protected variety. Yields 7 - 8 cuttings per season and re-grows very quickly.  Slightly smaller leaves than Sweet Basil, but much more flavor and aroma.


In Italy, a pot of basil is a sign of love; in France it is called herbe royale – the royal herb.  Linked irrevocably with Italy and the Mediterranean, basil originated in India and was brought over the spice routes in ancient times.


The peak flavor experience is fresh from the garden and used soon after, though it retains its unique flavors and aromas well when made into pesto and frozen. Drying is a last resort, as it loses most of the aromatic oils. But we have found that basil dried from your garden is so much more flavorful than commercial dried basil.

Companion Planting

Basil does well with asparagus and helps tomatoes overcome pest insects and disease while improving growth and flavor of both. It is best to grow the shorter basil plants alongside or parallel to the tomato plants instead of among them in their shade.

Peppers – both sweet and hot – like basil alongside them, as does beans, beets, cabbage, and eggplant. Herbs that like basil nearby are oregano and chamomile.

Basil repels mosquitoes and most flies, so keep a couple of planted pots near doorways and entrances.

Common rue and sage are antagonistic to basil, so don’t plant them near each other.

Growing Tip

When basil starts to flower, it will stop growing leaves – so pinch the flower heads off to encourage new leaf growth.

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2 Reviews

  • 5
    Great for Pesto

    Posted by Jeff, AZ on Jul 04, 2017

    Leaves stay small and sweet. Produces well with out getting to stalky. Makes the perfect pesto. Fairly cold hardy.

  • 5
    Yummy basil!

    Posted by Kelli A on Jul 04, 2017

    We have grown this basil for two seasons now and it is just wonderful. We harvest it once in the fall and freeze pesto cubes to last us the winter. There is nothing like fresh pesto in the middle of a Montana winter.

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