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Greenhouse Performer

Greenhouse Performer

This symbol is assigned to only those varieties that we have found, based on our trials, to be the best performers in a climate-controlled greenhouse environment. These varieties have been selected based on proven vigor and disease resistance to sustain healthy growth through a longer season, high yields to justify the investment in the structure, and excellent flavor and appearance.

Grows Well in Containers

Grows Well in Containers

Variety does well when grown in a container.



Genovese Compact, Improved

Genovese Compact, ImprovedBasil Seed Disk


Product ID: 2777

Quick, easy, and convenient biodegradable seed disks.

One 4" round disk fills out a 6" nursery pot (sold separately) perfectly. Similar flavor, appearance, and leaf size as Genovese in a more compact plant. Avg. 45 seeds/disk.

Product Price Qty
27773 Units  $3.95 
27775 Units  $5.15 
277725 Units  $18.75 
2777100 Units  $58.00 
2777500 Units  $240.00 

Quick Facts

Days to Maturity or Bloom:   74

Plant Cycle:   (A)  

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Shipping Information & Notes

Grow container herbs easily with biodegradable seeds disks. The results are a neat, compact plant with the same flavor and appearance as conventionally-grown seed.

Fill pots with soil, put the disk on top of the soil and cover with a thin layer of vermiculite or soil. Water well and place in a warm, sunny area. Water as needed.

Read about how to manage Basil Downy Mildew.

Growing Information


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

SOWING: 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.


SOIL REQUIREMENTS: 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.

PLANT HEIGHT: Varies. See the product description for exact heights.



HARVEST: 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).

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