Basil – Genovese

Genovese basil is a bit slower growing than the Italian Large Leaf variety.  The leaves are also slightly smaller than Italian Large Leaf.  This is an excellent variety for making pesto.

Nov 4, 2015 = Day 0.  Plants started from seed (Botanical Interests).  Moistened with dilute fertilizer: Dyna-Gro Liquid Grow, diluted 1 mL (1/5 tsp) per gallon of tap water.  Nutrient concentrations (in ppm):  N 18, P 24, K 13, Ca 5, Mg 1, S 0.13, Fe 0.26, Mn 0.13, B 0.05, Zn 0.13, Cu 0.13, Mo 0.002, Ni 0.0003, Co 0.004.  pH = 7.0.

Nov 9, 2015 = Day 5.  Seeds germinated.  Transferred to grow room, receiving 3 hours sunlight + 5 hours LED grow-light per day.

Nov 26, 2015 = Day 22.  Plants installed in 5-gallon bucket.  Hydroponic solution composed of 5 gal tap water, 10 g MasterBlend 4-18-38, 10 g calcium nitrate, 5 g magnesium sulfate, 1 mL Dyna-Gro Pro-TeKt, 4 mL pH Down.  Nutrient concentrations (in ppm):  N 103, P 95, K 202, Ca 100, Mg 29, S 34, Fe 2.1, Mn 1.1, B 1.1, Zn 0.3, Cu 0.3, Mo 0.05, Si 4.  pH = 6.5.  2-3 plants are growing in each net-pot.

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Dec 10, 2015 = Day 36
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Dec 18, 2015 = Day 44
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Dec 28, 2015 = Day 54

Plants were getting tall and falling over, so I installed a 42-inch wire tomato cage around the bucket to help keep the plants upright:

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Jan 8, 2016 = Day 65
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Jan 20, 2016 = Day 77
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Feb 28 = Day 116

Mar 8 = Day 125.  Added 0.5 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.  Harvesting leaves every other week for making pesto sauce.

Mar 16 = Day 133.  Added 1.0 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Mar 19 = Day 136

Mar 25 = Day 142.  Added 0.5 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.

Mar 31 = Day 148. Added 0.75 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.

Apr 13 = Day 161.  Added 0.5 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.

Apr 16 = Day 164.  Added 1.25 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Apr 19 = Day 167

May 11 = Day 189.  Added 1.0 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.

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May 26 = Day 204

May 26 = Day 204.  All remaining leaves harvested for making a big batch of pesto sauce.  Total amount of fluid used = 9.5 gallons.

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