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Basil Seeds - Sweet Genovese

Botanical - Ocimum basillicum


Seed Count:
450 Seeds
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450 Seeds.

Other Names - Classic Italian…

One of the most popular sweet basil varieties. Sweet Genovese produces soft, tender, juicy, aromatic green leaves which are excellent for making fresh pesto, adding to pasta dishes, eating raw in summer salads or shredded on top of pizza's. Grows well in pots on the patio or the kitchen windowsill.

  • Popular variety.
  • Easy to grow in the garden or kitchen windowsill.
  • Tender, delicate leaves with a sweet rich flavour and aroma.

Suitable For - Containers, greenhouse, conservatory, sunny windowsill, vegetable plot, raised beds, patio's, window boxes, polytunnel

Sowing Months - Late February - May

Harvest - June - September

Uses - Tomato based dishes, fresh pesto, seasoning in soups, pasta sauces, salads, poultry dishes, vinegar flavouring, herbal teas etc.

Soil Preperation

Add some well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few weeks before planting. If the soil is heavy clay or the drainage is poor mix in a generous amount of sand and gravel to the soil before planting. Remove any weeds. Use good quality compost if growing in containers.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type   Distance between plants 25 cm
Position Full sun, sheltered from cold winds Distance between rows 30 cm
Average height 30 - 40 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 - 40 cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Half hardy / tender Distance between rows N/A
Overwintering No Sowing depth 3 mm
Soil Ph   Germination temperature 16 to 24℃
Soil condition Moderately fertile, well-drained, sandy soil RHS Bee friendly No
RHS Award winner No Days to germination 14 - 25 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Thinly sow basil seeds on the surface of moist, free draining compost in pots, modules or trays. The compost should not be sodden.
Cover the seeds with a light sprinkling of vermiculite or fine compost.
Place the container in a clear polythene bag and seal or if preferred place in a propagator. This will provide a humid and warm environment. Germinate at the temperature suggested above.
Once germination has started reduce the humidity and temperature by removing the newly emerged seedlings from the propagator or bag. Place in a warm location with good daylight exposure, however protect from direct contact with hot sun at this point.
Avoid overwatering the young seedlings. Ideally keep the compost slightly dry as more seedlings emerge.
When the seedlings are large enough to handle carefully transplant into 7 - 10 cm pots.
Grow on in cooler but not cold conditions. Protect from frost.
When the plants are growing strong and all risk of frost has passed plant out into their final growing position at the distance suggested above.
To help prevent shock, harden off over 10 - 15 days before planting out. This will give the young basil plants time to acclimatise to the outdoor temperatures slowly.

Direct Sowing

Direct sowing is not recommended.

Growing On

Basil dislikes sodden, waterlogged conditions. Avoid overwatering especially on cold, dull days.
Water the base of the plants rather than wetting the leaves.
Basil will thrive in warm sheltered conditions and will struggle in cold draughts.
To prolong the harvesting period regularly pinch out any flower stems that appear.
Container grown basil especially will benefit from a regular feeding with a balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season.
The plants will start to fade and die when the cold nights and the shorter days with poorer sunlight arrive in autumn.


Harvesting can start as soon as the plants are a good size and are growing strong.
Pick the larger leaves regularly throughout the growing season to encourage more leafy growth.
Basil leaves are best when eaten fresh, however they can be stored in the fridge in a polythene bag for 5 - 7 days.
The tender leaves can be dried or frozen for later use.


Pinch out a few of the growing tips throughout the season to encourage a bushier habit.

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