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Product Description:

Ocimum basilicum citriodorum The beauty and flavor of this basil will earn it a prominent place in your herb garden. Not only is Pesto Perpetuo a superb culinary plant, but its light green and cream variegation makes it an eye-catching gem. The non-flowering, columnar plants grow up to 48 inches tall, furnishing enough foliage for pesto by the pound! With substantial light, this tender perennial will be happy indoors during winter months. Hardy in zones 9–11. USPP16260
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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Nancy L.
Pesto perpetua

Had some transplant shock but seems to have rallied

Happy Basil

This is our first year ordering this basil variety from Territorial Seed. After 3 years of ordering them (Perpetual Pesto) from another well known company and having most of them die in very short order, we decided to look for a closer source. The Territorial plants are happy, healthy and flourishing. They do seem to prefer some protection from hot sun and are doing well in partial shade. We will be back for more next year!


We really love perpetuo - Territorial offers great plants (this is our 3rd or 4th year) and we've never had any issues. THese have grown really well and are excellent for our pasta sauces both fresh and dried.

Trina P.
Pesto perpetuo

My plant came looking really rough. The leaves were partially brown. I set it in a sunny spot but it never recovered. Died within a few days. I think I just got a lemon of a plant but I won’t order this one again. I do like Territorial and this was my first plant that died.

So sorry to hear that! As always, our products are backed by our full guarantee. We want you, our customers, to be 100% satisfied with the seed, plants and supplies that you purchase from us. If anything you buy from Territorial proves to be unsatisfactory, we will either replace the item (if available) or refund the purchase price, whichever you prefer (for up to 1 year from purchase). You can also reach out to us for any troubleshooting! Contact our customer service (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM Pacific Time) at either 800-626-0866 or

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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