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Basil: Italian Large Leaf

Basil: Italian Large Leaf

Ocimum basilicum

Certified Organic Seed

Also known as Neapolitan Basil. One or two leaves on a tomato slice is pure heaven.

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Italian Large Leaf Basil is similar to Genovese (the pesto-perfect variety) and is just as good for making classic Italian sauces (hint, pesto, hint.) Italian Large Leaf plants grow between one-and-a-half to two feet tall, with fat three-to-four-inch basil leaves. The oils that make basil so amazingly fragrant are the same ones that will repel certain bad garden bugs--plant basil among your veggies to keep tomato hornworms and mites at bay. While you can't really go wrong with any preparation of basil, this variety is especially scrumptious when used simply, like in a lo-fi tomato slice sandwich or among tomatoes and fresh mozzarella (don't forget the balsamic vinegar) to make Caprese salad.
Number of Seeds 200 seeds
Spacing in Row 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 4 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Height at Maturity 18 to 24 inches
Width at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Direct sow after frost, or start indoors up to 1 month before last frost date. To have fresh basil the whole season, start in succession at one-month intervals. Pinch off tallest growth in order to keep basil from flowering; flavor becomes too strong once in bloom. Good for garden or container plantings.

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