How to grow Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto growing herbaceous‎ hybrid type of basil the genus Ocimum also known as Basil Pesto Perpetuo, Basil Pesto annual plant and also used as ornamental fragrant plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 5+.

Basil Pesto Perpetuo leaves

Leaves color light green with white can be just in the edge or all the leaf, the shape is ovate, taste it’s gentle and the main purpose if thus hybrid it’s for pesto.

Flower color white, the flowers small grow on inflorescence.

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Requirements for Basil Pesto Perpetuo growing and care:

Well drained soil, Add more water in hot summer days

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in Basil Pesto?
No, but when you buy from the super fresh leaves on stems you can use the stems

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Not something special

Recommended planting season?

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, prodenia

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
Prune in the beginning of the bloom

What is the size of a Basil Pesto?
30-70 cm, 12-28 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / almost Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Small white flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Should thinning the inflorescence when they start to bloom, all the strength of the plant go to the blossom

Pollination is done by:
bees, butterfly

How to grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow no special demand, but recommend by cutting

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place

Sowing season:
Spring after the last frost

Planting spacing:
15-25 cm

Depth of Sowing:
0.4-0.6 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
7-20 days

Condition of seedling:
Not too much moist, Well drained soil

Do the seeds require burying?

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
After the plant in full size you can start to trim all the season. Can be after 3-4 weeks

How to harvest the leaves?
Trim branches but leave few buds on the branch

Information about leaves:
Green white oval leaves, soft

Uses of Basil Pesto leaves:
Pesto, salad

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Stems / cutting

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring. Early summer

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
1-2 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Put in glass of water and change the water every few days

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum ‘Pesto Perpetuo ‘

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses


Harvest season

Leaf color

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone