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Basil 'Italian Large Leaf' 4 Inch

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Horticulturally considered a Genovese basil, Italian Large Leaf basil produces extra large leaves, up to 3 inches long.

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'Italian Large Leaf' basil yields large Genovese-type leaves up to three inches long on plants that grow one to two feet tall and about a foot wide. Basil thrives in the sun but is not drought tolerant, so water regularly. As is true of many herbs, gardeners can harvest small amounts of basil by pinching the tips of stems for immediate use. This actually keeps the plant compact and bushy, forcing out even more leaves. Up to one-third of a plant may be harvested at once without impairing the plant's overall health.  Flower buds should also be pinched out to prolong leaf production, as the flavor tends to change (and not for the better) once flowers are allowed to grow.

Common Name Italian Large Leaf Basil
Culinary Uses Fresh in salads, pestos, pastas. Cooked in sauces, stir-fries, soups, stews.
Harvest Time Basil flavor is best when harvested before the plant flowers. In any case, harvest entire plant before your area's first frost.
Mature Size 18"–24" tall, 10" - 15" wide
Growth Rate Fast
Cold Hardiness Frost sensitive annual
Light Sun to partial sun
Structure Upright
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