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Basil, Pesto Perpetuo Pp16260

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A masterpiece of flavor and form!

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Pesto Perpetuo means never having to beat flower buds to harvest! This green-white variegated sport is a natural selection from a columnar basil variety. No flowers means numerous and plentiful harvests the whole summer through. Tastes of basil with just a hint of lemon.
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Basil, Pesto Perpetuo Pp16260
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

30-60 days

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

14-18 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

Additional Uses Additional ways in which the product may be used in the garden.

Container Plant, Fragrant

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  • Basil

    Basil
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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Basil may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden, or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow basil seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost when the soil is at least 60 degrees F.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth. 
  • Sow seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inches of fine soil. 
  • Firm the soil lightly and keep evenly moist. 
  • Seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Basil should not be allowed to dry out.
  • Pinch the stems to encourage bushiness. Pinch flowers off to prolong the harvest.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Discard plants after they bloom.
  • Pinch leaves from the tips of the stems as needed starting 60-90 days after the seedlings have two sets of leaves.
  • If fresh, pick early in the morning for highest oil content.
  • For drying or freezing, harvest leaves that have their maximum oil content, just before flowering.
  • To harvest the leaves, pinch the stems just above a set of leaves as needed from the top. This will also help keep the plants bushy.
  • Do not harvest too much of the plant at one time as this may weaken the plant.
  • Flowers are also edible and may be used as a garnish.
  • To dry, cut whole stems on a dry morning. Tie stems loosely together in small bunches and hang in a dry, airy location out of the sun. Basil may also be dried on a cheesecloth or a window screen in a dry, shady location. When thoroughly dry, store in a tightly sealed glass jar in a dry, dark location.
  • Basil may be frozen dry on a cookie sheet and then sealed in zip lock bags, or it can be minced and frozen in an ice cube tray in water or olive oil.
  • You can also preserve basil using sea salt. Place a layer of sea salt on the bottom of the container you will use. Place a leaf on top of the salt. Add a layer of salt to cover the leaf so the leaves do not touch each other. Make as many layers are you have room for and seal the container and place in the refrigerator.
Sun
Full Sun
Days To Maturity
30-60 days
Life Cycle
Annual
Height
14-18 inches
Spread
6-8 inches
Additional Uses
Container Plant, Fragrant
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Thin
10 inches
Basil, Pesto Perpetuo Pp16260 is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pesto around. Love this. It doesn't flower out and it has a deep rich pesto flavor.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! I just got this in the mail and all 3 plants came in with no problems at all. They looked great just like going to a store to buy them. we will see in the next month on how well they do.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eureka! Finally, a basil that didn't bolt on me. Performed beautifully, even when I neglected it. Gorgeous plant, too.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Plants died I ordered 3 plants and I did as instructed by the directions to harden off the plants after receiving them. All of the plants turned black and died.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks good all summer! This basil is a necessity for our garden. When I could not buy it locally this year I was happy to find it at Burpee's. All the plants were healthy and grew quickly and lined our walkway through the middle of our vegetable garden. And it nice that it does not go to seed and is still standing after our other basils have gone to seed for the summer. It is a very pleasing basil and quite pretty with its variegated leaves.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Basil, Pesto Perpetuo I bought 6 of these plants at the beginning of the season and only one survived. Gave 3 of them to a friend who is an avid gardener. In fact a Master Gardener! All 3 of her plants died within 2 weeks of planting. Only 1 of mine survived and did so well but the other two also died within 2 weeks of planting.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perpetual! One problem with every basil I grow (except this one) is that they go to flower and seed rather quickly. And once the basil has gone to seed, the plant does not put out much new foliar growth. This means the older leaves get tough and the new ones are small and sparse. This basil did not go to flower from when I planted in late May until it froze out in early November. That means there were always fresh new leaves to harvest! The plant is extremely attractive. The basil flavor is not the best compared to other basils, but the fact that it was producing plenty of fresh, beautiful leaves after my other basil had gone to the compost bin made up for that single weakness. The leaves are not large--about 1 inch long. I will grow this lovely, fragrant herb every year now, unless something better comes along.
Date published: 2007-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and tasty Best looking basil I have ever seen. Nice flavor. Though leaves are pretty small, plant is very slow to flower, and I am harvesting long after my Green Ruffles and Thai basil went past their peak. Have never had much success growing cuttings over winter, but this variety is worth a shot.
Date published: 2007-08-17
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