sweet basil 'genovese' seeds


sweet basil seeds to grow and make fresh pesto.

The essential, aromatic, Basil. Sweet to taste with a delicate texture. Native to the Mediterranean, it has many culinary uses from pesto to savoury puddings; Basil runs the gamut in the kitchen.

why it's special:

  • Basil is said to be an anti-inflammatory for digestion and helps cleanse your skin from within.
  • Great for your garden health, repelling aphids and other garden pests.
  • Grows fast in containers and you can be enjoying fresh herbs.

good to know:

Plant LightShade friendly

Windowsill PlantGrows indoors

Windowsill PlantFuss-free

PlantHealthy herbal 

Open-pollinated, GMO-free seeds.

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plant size

45 cm
30 cm



Sun or light shade.
Happy on a window sill.

soil conditions


Well drained soil.

urban growing


Weekly watering.
Occasional feeding.

when to sow


when to harvest

care tip

Snip away flowering buds to avoid woody stems and foliage. It will also promote fresh, tasty leaves.


botanical name
Ocimum Basilicum 'Genovese'

other names
Basil + Kiss-Me-Nicholas.

plant type

pot size
25 cm

pet / baby safe

approx. number of seeds

sowing guide
Sow seeds directly in warm, damp well drained soil lightly covered. Keep in a sunny spot until germination.

about sweet basil 'genovese'

Genovese basil is a variety of sweet basil that is native to Italy. Its vigorous, large leaves have a sweet, slightly spicy flavour. Genovese basil grows bright green, slightly crinkled leaves that can grow up to 8cm long. They are excellent for pesto, a caprise salad in the sun and other dishes that call for a big bunch of fresh basil leaves. In fact, Genovese basil uses are much the same as with any other sweet basil plant.

in the records

Basil has been around for over 4,000 years. Throughout history, Basil was believed to have almost magical powers. It was used as an antidote for snake bites, and was believed to give strength during religious fasting.

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