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Italian Large Leaf Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is larger than most other basils with medium-dark green leaves up to 4" long. When compared to Genovese the flavor and scent are sweeter and less clove like.


To get the highest yield of tender and flavorful basil leaves, pinch back the tip of each branch, starting in early summer when the plants are just 6 inches tall. Continue pinching back the branches (as you harvest the leaves), pinching off any flowers that start to form. If the plant is not allowed to flower and set seed, it should continue producing high quality leaves right up to frost. 

Basil is a hot weather plant and is very susceptible to frost damage.  Even a cool, 50 degree night will slow down the plant's growth for some time afterward. 

Basil prefers growing in a lightly moist, slightly acidic, well-drained loamy soil that contains lots of organic matter (like compost!). Like most herbs, basil is not a heavy feeder, so there is no need to add any fertilizer to the soil around your plants.


Basil is a great companion for tomatoes as the relationship is mutually beneficial. Basil is great for protecting against pests, meanwhile, tomatoes provide great shade and soil moisture conservation for basil.


Sold in a 2.5" pot.

BASIL, Italian Large Leaf

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