Basil Genovese – Microgreen/Plant Seeds


Non-GMO, Heirloom, Annual plant.

10g /Approximately 5,000 seeds. Genovese basil is a variety of sweet basil that has mucilaginous seeds, it develops a jelly-like coating when it gets wet. Mist more frequently to keep the coating moist. Grows very well hydroponically and does better in well-lit conditions, but it is a slower grower.

Instructions for growing:

Growing Medium: hydroponic, soil
Preferred Medium: hydroponic for microgreens, soil for baby greens and adult stage
Germination time: 5-7 days
Time to harvest (Microgreen): 12-16+ days
Baby Salad / Adult Stage Harvest: 20+ days (grow in soil)

1. Prepare soil bed by moistening it and tamping it. Spread seeds evenly across the surface. Mist lightly and cover entire growing bed with aluminum foil (Allow some air to pass) or tea towels will do well too. The seed should germinate within 2-3 days. Leave the plants covered for 4 days. The plants need to be established before the cover is lifted. The mucilage and cover will keep the seeds and young seedlings moist enough over that length of time.

2. If the basil plants are smaller, or the germination rate is low, place the cover for another day or two. Check the soil surface to see if it’s dry. IF it is, mist the surface again and place the cover back over the tray. Let the seeds germinate for another day or two before checking on them again.

3. Water when needed and place under grow lights or sunlight (As much light as possible). You can harvest your micro basil when 2 oval leafs and 2 semi-circle leaves (cotyledons) have fully formed. Microgreens must be washed before serving.

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