Dolce Fresca Basil
Ocimum basilicum. Slowest to bolt. An AAS winning large leafed, bushy Genovese basil. The plant is compact and very upright. Flat green leaves are strongly scented and flavourful. This plant is at home in the garden, on the patio or windowsill. Dolce Fresca is drought tolerant and hardy. Approx. 500 seeds/pkg.
Basil must have warm conditions, and prefers moist, rich, well-drained soil with pH of 6. Seedlings are slow-growing and delicate. Sow seed, 1⁄8 inches deep, in summer or indoors in late spring. When the seedlings appear, thin the plants to 1 foot apart.
Susceptible to frost and cold. Water at mid-day not in the evening; avoid overwatering seedlings to prevent mildew. Harvest leaves every week, pinching terminal buds first to stimulate branching and encourage bushiness. Harvest should be in early autumn before the leaves turn limp and yellow. Cut stalks for drying before the plant comes into flower. Do not hang in bunches, as the leaves will dry too slowly and could mold.