How to grow Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto Perpetuo growing herbaceous‎ hybrid type of basil the genus Ocimum also known as Basil Pesto plant, Basil Pesto Perpetuo annual plant, used as edible plant for the leaves also used as ornamental plant for the colored leaves and it’s fragrant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 5+, possible to grow in hardiness zone 2+ but need to take care to put indoor in the autumn and winter

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 (almost never bloom).

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How to grow 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 (rare to find)/ Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in Basil Pesto plant?
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?
Spring, possible to plant summer

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, prodenia

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
Prune in the beginning of the bloom

Size of the plant:
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 / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 5-12 liter (1.5-3 gallon) amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot, when it’s grow as perianal every two years to switch soil in the pot don’t let, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer

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

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:
Cutting, bending a branch over and covering it with soil

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring to summer, in the house you can all the year, need to take care that it’s not too much cold and better not dry

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
1-3 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
When use soil: keep moist, better peat soil and better with root growth hormone also possible to put the stem in glass of water and switch the water every few days, cutting result better in warm season with high humidity, shade with light.

How to grow from Basil Pesto Perpetuo 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?
No

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum ‘Pesto Perpetuo ‘

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

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