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Basil Genovese (Hortus Sementi | 250g)

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The most commonly used basil variety for making pesto, you can harvest these leaves as soon as they are large enough to consume. Genovese basil is also known as “Sweet Basil” and a common ingredient to all Italian dishes. The leaves are spoon-shaped, glossy, and a dark green shade.   It grows best in organic-rich and well-drained soil and is an easy-to-grow annual herb that thrives in areas that remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.



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 the 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 the 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 do 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.

Quick Tip Planting Guide:

Depth to Plant
Spacing Between Plants
Days to Germinate (Sprout)
Soil Temp

Planting Season
Plant Height
No. of Plants per sq. ft.
0.25 inches deep 10″-12″


14-21 days 65-85


after last frost Up to  3 feet tall Up to 3 feet wide 1

Specification: Basil Genovese (Hortus Sementi | 250g)

Weight 3 kg

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