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    • Organic Italian Large Leaf Basil - Approx. 200 seeds per
    • $4.95

Organic Italian Large Leaf Basil

One of the most aromatic herbs


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Product Details

Bushy plants yield broad leaves on upright stems. Large bushy plant yields medium-dark broad green leaves up to 4" long on upright stems. Compared to Genovese, the scent and taste are sweeter. 70 days to maturity.
Easiest Plants to Grow Organically!

Enjoy the benefits of these exclusive varieties:

  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Reduce your risk of chronic diseases
  • Unbeatable Home-grown taste
  • No Chemicals or Pesticides needed to grow

These are not GMO plants. They are just plants that have these qualities naturally.

  • Zones: Annual in all zones colder than zone 10. tender herb; not winter hardy; Plant outside after all danger of frost is past in spring, or start indoors about 4 weeks before the last frost. Sensitive to cold temperatures.
  • Height: 24-30 inches
  • Spacing: Transplant seedlings 6 - 12" apart.
  • Depth: 1/4 "
  • Spread: 12 inches
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun
  • Soil Preference: Warm, moist, loose, organic, rich soil.
  • Germination: 7-10 days
  • Pruning: When seedlings are about six inches tall, pinch off the tops to promote more leaf growth and keep your basil from becoming "leggy".
  • Days To Maturity: 85 days.
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Seed Counts: About 200 seeds per packet.
  • Comments: Annual. One of the most popular cooking herbs. Large, 2 inch, dark green leaves. Spicy fragrance and flavor. Prefers warm areas. Favorite seasoning for many italian dishes. Can be used fresh or dried.

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Giving away basil

Jul 9, 2010  |  By Heather
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Every purchased basil plant bolted within weeks in our heat. I decided to try seed to see if I could harvest more leaves . . . oh, boy, do we have basil! Every seed has grown into a very happy plant. I've made pesto several times, tossed it in pastas and soups, and have given away quart-bags full to several guests. You'd still never know the plants had given up a leaf. I'll be making many more pestos and herb butters with a single seed packet, and planting more every year. Thanks, Gurney's!

Large & Hardy Plants

Mar 30, 2010  |  By Mike
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I purchased 4 packets of this seed last spring, and planted a 30' double row of the basil on Memorial Day weekend. Seedlings were breaking ground within 10 days, and the plants did well as long as they got watered daily. As soon as the mid-day temps broke ~85 F or so, the plants started to bolt. I pinched back the flower heads to promote branching, and come fall the single stalk plants became 4' tall bushes. Once the temps dropped and frost was eminent, I harvested all the plants; yielded (16) 1/2 pints of Pesto & 1.5 Quarts worth dried & crushed. I would definitely buy this herb again. Thanks Gurneys!

    • 3143
    • Organic Italian Large Leaf Basil - Approx. 200 seeds per
    • $4.95