ريحان إيطالي عضوي
Perfect for pesto!
- Genus: Ocimum
- Species: basilicum
- Variety: Organic Basil Large Leaf Italian
- Item Form: (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
- Days to Maturity: 75
- Fruit Color: Green
- Habit: Upright
- Seeds Per Pack: 100
- Plant Height: 18 in – 24 in
- Plant Width: 12 in – 15 in
- Additional Characteristics: Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Certified Organic, Cut-and-Come-Again, Edible, Flower, Fragrance, Herbs, Indoor Growing, Pruning Recommended
- Bloom Color: White
- Foliage Color: Medium Green
- Harvest Season: Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
- Light Requirements: Full Sun
- Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained
- Resistance: Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
- Soil Tolerance: Normal, loamy
- Uses: Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor
75 days from sowing.
Everyone’s favorite Neapolitan Basil is now available as Certified Organic seed! Fragrant, flavorful, extra-large leaves are the very favorites of the culinary world, and this basil is the true Genovese basil, rich in oils and so aromatic you will smell it long before you see it in the garden! Whether you use it for pesto, spaghetti sauce, or simply as a companion to your tomato plants (basil is a superb pest repellent), choose Large-leaf Italian as your “go-to” mainstay basil for big, satisfying harvests all summer long.
Basils are loaded with volatile oils, responsible for the heady aroma and strong flavor so essential to cooking. Large-Leaf Italian basil is regarded as the essential variety for true Neapolitan cuisine, especially pesto. And in the garden, basil works to repel aphids, mites, and hornworms.
Expect this Genovese-type basil to grow 18 to 24 inches high and 12 to 15 inches wide. The dark green, shiny leaves grow up to 3 inches long on a tall, erect plant that is slow to bolt. Small terminal bunches of pink flowers will bud out in summer; pinch the new buds away if you want to harvest more of the leaves!
Begin the seeds either indoors in late winter or direct-sow in spring. To start indoors, sow about 6 to 8 weeks before last scheduled frost. The seeds will germinate in 5 to 10 days. Transplant when they have 2 sets of true leaves, spacing the plants 12 to 15 inches apart in the garden, or in your best containers.
If you are direct-sowing, wait until the soil has thoroughly warmed up in spring. Then cover the seeds with about ¼-inch of soil, and thin the young plants to 12 to 15 inches apart when they are about 2 inches tall.
As your basil plants grow, pinch off the central stem when they are about 6 weeks old, and prune back each stem when it has more than 8 sets of leaves. (Cut it back to the first or second set of leaves, harvesting the rest.) If you keep your plants well pinched and pruned, you should be able to harvest half a cup of fresh leaves every week during the growing season!
Basil loves hot weather and plenty of sunshine, but it needs consistently moist, rich soil. Mulch the plants to retain moisture, and water heavily during dry spells.
Harvest the plant before the cold weather sets in, as this will affect the leaves’ texture and flavor. Freeze entire stems, with the leaves still attached, for best flavor retention, or dry the leaves for seasoning. You will always be assured of a big harvest from Large-leaf Italian! Pkt is 100 seeds.
Basil Germination Information
How to Sow Basil:
- Best sown indoors, 6-8 weeks before last frost, at a temperature of 68-70°
- Sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 7-10 days
- Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past and when the ground is warm
- When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
How to Grow Basil:
Transplanting: If sown indoors, transplant outdoors when there are at least two sets of true leaves
Spacing: Plant seedlings 10-12 inches apart
Lighting: Site in full sun
Soil: Site in a dry, light, medium to rich, well-drained soil
Additional Care: Pinch out the growing tips to promote compactness and to delay flowering; pinch off the flower spikes when they appear. Basil can also be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill, however, do not let the soil temperature fall below 50°
Appearance and Use:
This culinary herb is grown in ground in the garden, but also transitions well to container culture. The purple-leaved types are highly ornamental. Plants grow 15-24 inches tall and wide and produce ornamentally unimportant, white or purplish flowers in the summer. It is grown for the broad, dark green or dark purple, aromatic foliage. Depending on the variety, the foliage will be redolent of clove, anise, cinnamon, lemon, rose, or orange. Harvest the leaves at any time for fresh use. To dry them for storage, harvest the leaves as the flowers begin to open
Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum
Pronunciation: os-i’mum ba-sil-i’cum
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to Africa, southeast Asia, and the Mediterranean
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