Basil - Napoletano (Napoletano Bolloso) Large leaf Napoletano Heirloom Variety
Height: 18 inches
This variety also known as lettuce leaf basil or large leaf basil, is a variety of sweet basil and is believed to have originated in Italy; it has large thick and light green crinkled leaves averaging 12 cm long by 7 cm across. Napoletano has a highly fragrant camphorous aroma and taste is mild, yet slightly spicy, traditional anise flavor.
- great companion plant to garden tomatoes.
- Also good to use with onions, peppers, corn, potatoes, poultry and fish. Its rich, spicy-sweet flavor has overtones of mint and clove, and blends well with all other herbs.
- Full Sun
- Can be eaten raw or cooked
- Direct sow outdoors when late spring weather has thoroughly warmed up, sow seeds 1 inch apart in well worked fertile soil. Cover 1/4 inch deep, firm soil and keep seed bed moist. Germination 1 - 2 weeks. After seedlings are well established, transplant 8 inches apart to allow plants room to mature.
- Start seeds indoors: Sow 1 inch apart in seed starting mix, 4 - 6 weeks before last expected frost. Keep warm and moist, and provide a good light source. When seedlings are large enough to handle and nights reach 50°F (10°C), acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions before planting in the garden.
- Easy to grow herb and it is important to sow or transplant basil into garden beds only when late spring day and nighttime temperatures stay above 10°C.
- Harvest sprays of leaves by snipping stems just above two new sprouting lateral branches to encourage lush foliage.
- Keep some flower buds pinched off to extend harvesting and feed regularly to promote new growth. And if possible, let some stems flower to attract pollinators.
- Remove or cut leaves from the top of the plant as required
- Water at the base of the plant
- Attracts bees
- Seed Count: 1 gram