Basil 'Aroma 2' / Genovese Basil / Fragrant edible leaves / Seeds

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Basil 'Aroma 2' / Genovese Basil / Fragrant edible leaves / Seeds

An excellent variety of Genovese Basil with light green leaves, a delicate sweet taste, a smooth texture and pleasing aroma.   Plants are bred for a good compact growth, are slow to bolt and have resistance to Fusarium, which improves indoor growing.  This Genovese Basil is typical of Italian cooking, and leaves are good for adding to salads, sauces and pizzas.

This variety is particularly adaptable, good for growing all year indoors in pots and for growing outside in the summer.  Leaves can be picked all year while plants are growing.

Pack of approx 300 seeds.  Sow indoors all year and grow on a sunny windowsill, or directly in the ground from late May to June.  Easy to grow.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.

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Hardiness Half hardy annual
Height 50 - 60cm
Spread 20 - 30cm
Conditions  Sun and moist well-drained soil, protected from frost

For indoor cultivation: Sow year-round on the surface of moist seed compost in trays or pots.  Cover very lightly with compost or vermiculite, and keep at 15-25C.  Germination takes 2-3 weeks.   Water sparingly and give the plants good light.
For outdoor cultivation: Sow late May and June after the last frost directly in the soil in rows, and thin to 20-30cm apart.  Sow in a sunny place with well-drained soil.

Grow & Harvest

Once plants are established, pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushy plants. Harvest leaves regularly and remove flowering stems to retain flavour and prevent bolting.  Water plants during dry spells.  Outdoor plants die down in the autumn when they can be removed.   Grow indoor plants all year on a sunny windowsill.  Sow 2-4 seeds per medium sized pot.  Make sure the pot has drainage holes and do not over water plants.  Feed pot grown plants once a month. Expect pot grown indoor plants to provide leaves for 3-6 months, after which they should be replaced.  Sow regularly to get a continuous supply of leaves.  Excess leaves can be frozen.