Genovese Basil

I don’t have any idea how many different species of the Basil herbs there are so I am just going to list my favorite that I like to grow in my Aquaponics system.

Aquaponics Genovese Basil

Genovese Basil

Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum) – Genovese Basil is one of the most popular herbs throughout the world because it yields 7 to 8 cuttings from each plant and makes the best pesto of all basils.Genovese Basil is easily grown from seed. The seed germinate readily at temperatures between 75-85 degrees. It is especially suited to Aquaponics and grows to maturity very quickly, however it does best protected from the wind and scorching midday sun. It should be planted outside only when night temperatures reach 50 to 55 degrees.

If you practice companion planting, plant basil near tomatoes and peppers to enhance their growth. Pinch it back early and often to encourage bushiness. Do not let it flower unless you want to let it set seed as this destroys the flavor and shortens the lifespan of the plant.Save the one that is always trying to go to seed for next years planting.It has few pests when grown outdoors. Among those are the Japanese beetle and slugs. Japanese beetles can be picked off by hand in the early morning.As for the slugs, beer traps, (shallow dishes of cheap beer placed close to the plants every 3′) drown them when they crawl into them.If grown in a greenhouse you must watch for aphids and whiteflies. There are 150 varieties of Basils and all can be grown in an Aquaponics system so pick your favorite and enjoy.

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