Everleaf Genovese is an improved, more compact version of the much-loved Genovese Basil. Bred and selected for continuous harvesting this powerhouse herb is slow to bolt and increases the harvest season up to 8 weeks more than other varieties. A dense, compact habit with short internodes lends itself to a high yield of 2-3" glossy, cupped leaves. The robust basil flavor is perfect for classic pesto and sauces. Disease resistant, full habit and easy to grow nature makes it excellent for container gardens or a mixed herb bed. It's easy to pick throughout the growing season just by pinching off young leaves on a regular basis. This plant does not need pampering, in fact, dry, infertile soil will produce the most flavorful leaves! Try mixing a few leaves with fresh from the garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil - Delish! Not only is this basil tasty it can also repel garden pests such as aphids, mites and the tomato hornworm, so interplant with other garden vegetables to help keep your garden chemical-free!
Everleaf Genovese basil should be planted in the garden, in outdoor containers, and indoors on a sunny windowsill in winter. It is said that companion planting with tomatoes and peppers enhance their growth and flavor.
Grow in well-drained, compost-enriched soil in full sun. Basil doesn't mind slightly acid soil or the light shade of trees. Be sure to plant out only when nights are consistently warm, 50°F and warmer.
Water regularly in the garden; more often if grown in containers.
Pinch out flower buds as they appear just above the leaves on the stem and do not allow it to flower. Genovese is slower to bolt (flower) thanR27 other basils.