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Genovese Basil Seed for Microgreens & Herbs


The flavor of Genovese basil microgreens is more intense than mature basil leaves and is easy to grow.
HM Tray seed packet weighs 1.0 grams.
The 1010-tray seed packet weighs 2.7 grams.

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Genovese Basil Seed Highlights

  • Germination: 3 to 5 days
  • Soak: No need.
  • Harvest: 12 to 20 days for microgreens – can allow it to grow into baby greens (up to 30+ days)
  • Flavor: Intense basil flavor.
  • Nutrients: Vitamins A & C, iron, and magnesium.

Genovese basil is a variety of sweet basil. It is a beautiful green color with an attractive leaf shape for a colorful garnish.

The flavor of basil microgreens is more intense than mature basil leaves.

Use Genovese basil microgreens for cooking, salads, and garnish. Excellent for adding Italian flavor to dishes and more delicate visually than chopped, full-size basil leaves.

Genovese basil seed is mucilaginous, meaning that it develops a jelly-like coating when it gets wet. The coating protects the seed from drying out.

Basil loves the light and will do better in a well-lit location. Heat mats will also speed up the germination and growth of basil.

Try to harvest basil clean; it doesn’t store well after being wet.

However, it’s a slow grower and will take 15 to 18 days to harvest.

Genovese Basil Seed Package Sizes

  • The Home Microgreens tray seed packet weighs 1.0 grams (Approximately 680 seeds).
  • The 10-by-10-inch tray seed packet weighs 2.7 grams.

Genovese Basil seed is also available in the following-sized bags.

  • 1-ounce package
  • 4-ounce bag
  • 1-pound bag

How Much Seed Do You Need For Your Tray?

You don’t need to worry about how much seed you need if you use Home Microgreen planting trays or 1010 trays. Each seed packet has the correct number of seeds for a perfect tray of Genovese Basil.

The seeding area of a Home Microgreen Tray is 37.5 square inches.

However, if you’re using a different planting tray, use the calculator in the article below to figure out how much seed you need.

Click this link to use the calculator: Home Microgreens Seed Density Calculator.

Seeding Density

Seeding Density for Genovese Basil Seed

By Weight

Home Microgreens Tray: 1.0 grams

1010 Tray: 2.7 grams

1020 Tray: 5.3 grams

By Measuring Spoon

Home Microgreens Tray: 0.3 teaspoons

1010 Tray: 0.8 teaspoons

1020 Tray: 1.6 teaspoons

All volumetric measurements are level, not heaping spoons.

I use these vertical-sided measuring spoons because the seeds are easier to level with the straight sides.

These are my recommended seeding densities to produce a great-looking tray of sweet Genovese basil microgreens.

I like to allow microgreen leaves to develop to a larger size as they provide more nutrition & flavor than producing smaller leaves and stems.

Microgreen density depends on many environmental factors and seed germination percentages.

You may prefer to modify the seeding density, but my seeding densities are a great starting point if nothing else.

Check out the Home Microgreens Seed Density Course if you have a different size tray.


28.35 grams equals 1 ounce.

Three teaspoons equal 1 Tablespoon

Four Tablespoons equal 1/4 cup

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