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Pesto Besto™ Sweet Italian Basil

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  • 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

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 Know As:
   4.5" Container

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

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

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

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

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

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

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

#3 Pot

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

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

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

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

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    One arrived dead and one has tiny...

    Posted by Erica Wollman on Jun 19th 2022

    Ordered 2 basil plants. Arrived in one package. One plant was obviously dead and not due to transport The second plant has small leaves and is slow to grow even after following the provided instructions. I would have returned the dead plant; however, the return policy is complicated and honestly not worth my time. Hopefully the second plant grows and will be usable for cooking.