Genovese Compact, Improved Multi-Seed Pellet

Pelleted Basil Seed

Product ID: 3188P

Multi-seed pellets for precision and convenience.

Our Compact Genovese Improved variety in a multi-seed pellet is ideal for retail container or hydroponic production. Simply sow one pellet per 2 1/2" container or growing media cube. Pellets contain 5-6 seeds each and are approximately size 8.0-10.0 (3.5-4.0 mm diameter). Conventional pellets; not approved for use on certified organic farms. Traditional pesto-type with cupped, 2-3", dark green leaves and excellent flavor. Avg. 2,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.




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Additional Information

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5-10 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).

Direct seed (recommended): Plant seeds 1/4" deep, 2-3 seeds per inch, in rows 18" apart. Firm the soil over the seeds. Thinning is not necessary, but a final spacing of 4-8" apart produces healthy, full plants. Note: Holy Basil requires some light for germination, so sow more shallowly than other basils.
Transplant: Sow indoors 6 weeks prior to setting out. Plant 1/4" deep and keep at 70°F (21°C) for best germination. Transplant to the field when seedlings have 3-4 sets of leaves, spacing at 4-8" apart in rows 18" apart.


Moderately rich, moist soil. Basil is not drought tolerant and can be damaged by heat stress. Regular moisture throughout the growing season helps to ensure a good crop.

Varies. See the product description for exact heights.



Begin light harvesting after plants have become established. It is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler and the leaves are less likely to wilt. 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).

If using pelleted seed, we recommend consistent soil moisture during the germination period. Pelleted seed must be kept cool and dry prior to planting, and should be used within one year of purchase.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Ocimum basilicum
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
74 Days
Life Cycle
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
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Variety does well when grown in a container.
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