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Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil

Proven Winners

Availability : Pre-Order for Spring
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$15.49
This product does not ship to: Idaho
  • Bred for making pesto
  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height & Spread 18 - 36 Inches
  • Harvest within a few weeks of planting

Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil is a new vigorously growing hybrid variety, which is disease-resistant plant that grows very big. And the actual foliage is rather large, too. The abundance of fragrant leaves means you will have enough on hand to make plenty of pesto. Leaves can be harvested a few weeks after planting, and the more you pick, the more the plant grows. Routinely harvesting leaves will promote even more branching and growth. Perennial in Growing Zones 10 - 11. Use As a thriller In containers due to it's upright growth habit. Flowers late in the season, but blooms can be pinched back

Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil Care

Plant Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil outside once the temperature is consistently above 65 degrees. Space rows 24 inches apart and individual plants 12 inches apart. Use rich soil with a 6.0 to 7.0 pH. Routinely picking leaves will promote more growth. Flowers will appear towards the end of the growing season but pinch them back to encourage more foliage production.

Growing Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil

If you’re wondering how to grow Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil, it is very easy. Leaves will be ready to pick a few weeks after planting outdoors. This sun-loving herb will thrive in direct light, and the plant will reach 18 to 30 inches tall. Space 12 to 18 inches apart in the garden.

Growing in containers 

Basil is an upright plant that can easily live in a container or a sunny porch or balcony. Keep it near a kitchen door for easy access when cooking. Basil prefers a large pot, so plant one or two plants in a 12-inch container. This variety is resistant to mildew that plagues most types of basil so that the plants can be closer together, but giving the plants plenty of space will encourage more growth.

Watering Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil

Basil does not like to be too dry or too wet, so water when the top few inches of soil feels mostly dry. Water until the soil is saturated or until water drains through the pot for container plants.

Feeding Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil

Rich, organic soil will support healthy growth, but applying a balanced fertilizer every two to three weeks will encourage more growth. Plants in containers will benefit from feeding every two weeks.

Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 10 - 11
Plant Type: Edible Plants
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 18 - 36 Inches
Mature Spread: 12 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 12 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Disease
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: N/A
Container Role: Thriller
Uses: Borders, Containers, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Foliage Interest, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
Brand: Proven Winners
Common Name: Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Ocimum hybrid
SKU:
OCIPBP

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.

Summer

If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
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We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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