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Product Description:

70 days. This Genovese-style basil is a new introduction and has taken the gardening, culinary and ornamental world by storm by winning an AAS award in 2015. The dark green, glossy leaves are sweet and fragrant for delicious pesto or caprese. Dolce Fresca’s compact plants reach 10–14 inches tall, 10–12 inches wide, and the stems resist stretching, which means more foliage in a handsome, mounding form. Reluctant to flower, the plants spend their energy producing leaves for continuous harvest until very late in the season.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Alexandra E.
Great for hydroponic gardening

I grew Dolce Fresca as well as Profumo in my indoor hydroponic garden and they both did very well. Dolce Fresca is compact and stays below the lights. It has good flavor and I keep cutting it and it keeps growing back.

Colleen V.
Grew well I my garden

Usually I have trouble growing basil from seed but this germinated and grew really well in my raised bed. A tasty, pretty and good smelling basil.

Great basil

These seeds have germinated really well, and produce nice compact plants, that don't flower much at all. So fragrant, and the leaves are tender.

Kathleen H.
Nice compact basil

I'm growing my basil indoors under lights. The other varieties that I've tried get too big and flower too soon. With just a little pinching these plants stay nice and compact and haven't tried to flower. Very happy with them so far.

Soil Temp for Germ 70–85°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Days to Emergence 5–14
Soil Temp for Transp 60–80°F
Plant Spacing 12–18"
Row Spacing 24–36"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 75%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 750–900
Seed Life 3 years

Ocimum basilicum

• Basil is a fast-growing annual that requires fertile, well-drained soil
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• For best flavor harvest when plants are young, avoid extreme heat or environmental stress
• Flavor declines after plants bloom

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50°F
• Germination code: (1)

• Start 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Plant well after frost when weather has stabilized
• Fertilize every 10-14 days with Age Old Grow

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Aphids, spider mites, thrips, stink bugs, Japanese beetles
• Insect control: Keep plants covered with row cover, spray with Pyrethrin
• Common diseases: Fusarium, powdery mildew, downy mildew, bacterial leaf spot
• Disease prevention: Avoid crowding plants and wetting foliage, treat with Zonix for mildew

Harvest & Storage
• Flowers range from white to shades of pink and purple and begin to appear from late July into August
• Harvest continually and pinch off flowers to encourage leaf growth

Germination Codes
Check the code at the end of the description for specific germination requirements.
(1) Germinates at temperatures between 60-75°F.
(2) Larger seeds need to be covered with soil at least as thick as the seed itself. May be slow and erratic to germinate.
(3) These seeds need a period of cold stratification for successful germination. Best results are obtained when the seeds are kept warm and moist for 2 weeks followed by temperatures of 33-35°F for 4-6 weeks or until germination starts.
(4) No special requirements, but germination may be slow and erratic.

What is a seed disk?
We’ve selected a collection of our favorite herb varieties and put them into handy, easy to plant, biodegradable disks. Each 10 cm disk is sized just right to conveniently plant in a 4 inch pot. For windowsill, patio and even herb garden planting, lay the disk on the surface of the moistened planting medium and cover lightly. Water and watch your herbs grow. These disks are a great gift or a perfect child's gardening project.

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