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Seeds Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil (Ocimum)

  • heat tolerant
CHOOSE Size Size Guide
Full Sun
Height18 - 30 In
Spread12 - 24 In
Zones1011
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Pesto Besto is the most amazing seed basil you’ve ever seen. This is truly a game-changing plant—it is the most downy mildew resistant seed grown Italian sweet basil. This large, vigorous plant produces a high yield of usable, deliciously aromatic leaves. The more you harvest, the better it grows. 

Harvest: Harvest sprays of leaves by cutting stems just above two new sprouting lateral branches to get lush regrowth. For best flavor and leaf production, harvest and or pinch regularly to promote fresh tender growth.  If heavy flowering happens late in the season that will likely affect the taste, but when it is actively growing new leaves and shoots it will have its best flavor. 

Growth: Pesto Besto plants will reach full size in about 4-6 weeks after transplanting them from a 4” container into the landscape or a larger pot. Your location and temperatures can impact how quickly the plant grows for you. In any case, you should be able to start harvesting from your plant pretty regularly within a few weeks after transplanting to your garden or patio planter.

  • 18-30" tall & 12-24" wide at maturity
  • Annual except in zones 10-11
  • Plant in full sun (6+ hours daily)

Starting Seeds: Sow seeds indoors 1/2" deep 6 weeks before your local frost-free date. Seeds should germinate in 5-10 days at 70 degrees F. Keep soil moist. Transplant outdoors when night temperatures are above 65 degrees F. 

Zone

Average Last Frost Date

Start Seeds Indoors

3

May 1-16

March 20-April 4

4

April 24 – May 12

March 13-31

5

April 7-30

February 24-March 19

6

April 1-21

February 18-March 10

7

March 22 – April 3

February 8-20

8

March 13-28

January 30-February 14

Packet contains 25 seeds 

Store seeds in a cool, dry area until ready for use.

Due to USPS shipping delays, it may take 2+ weeks for seeds to arrive.

    Features

    • Heat Tolerant

    Characteristics

    • Hardiness Zones: 10 11
    • Height: 18 - 30 In
    • Spread: 12 - 24 In
    • Habit: Upright
    • Foliage Color: Green
    • Bloom Time: Planting To Hard Frost
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      03/08/2021
      Pat M.
      United States United States
      Problem

      I've planted lots of basil seeds over the years. When I went to plant these - I thought they were almost ground. To date - only 2 have sprouted - the only 2 that were effectively seeds - rest were like ground powder. Of the 30 tomato seeds planted like Feb 19 - only 16 have sprouted and are quite spindly but will give them some time. Want to like your product - but disappointed so far

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      02/11/2021
      Kim K.
      United States United States

      Shipped very fast! Great service!

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