Basil, Large Leaf Italian


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This popular Basil variety has the largest leaves of any of the Basil varieties. Plants grow from 2 to 4" long. Compared to Genovese Basil, the scent and taste is more sweet, spicy and mild. The flavors have many kitchen uses.

How to Grow Basil Large Leaf Italian

  • Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum
  • Annual
  • Days to Maturity: 78-85
  • Hardiness Zone: 8-11
  • Soil: Ph 5.1 - 8.5
  • Temperature: Warmer
  • Light Preference: Full Sun
  • Planting:
    • Depth: 1/8 inches
    • Plant Space: 8-10 inches
    • Row Spacing: 18 inches
  • Pests/disease: Slugs, aphids, Japanese beetles
  • Seed Count:
    • 1 oz- Approximately 17,900 seeds
    • 4 oz- Approximately 71,600 seeds
    • 1 lb- Approximately 286,400 seeds

 Basil is not drought tolerant and can be damaged by heat stress. Regular moisture throughout the growing season helps to ensure a good crop. Very easy to grow in virtually any location. Does best in light, well-drained soil. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather. A full harvest should be completed just before the plants start to flower. Cut the entire plant 4-6" above the ground to promote a second growth. Leaves are easily bruised when picking, so handle carefully. Do not store at a temperature less than 50°F (10°C).