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 7-9-5, diluted 1 mL (1/5 tsp) per gallon of tap water. N-P-K (in ppm): 18-10-11. 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. N-P-K (in ppm): 103-41-168. pH = 6.5. 2-3 plants are growing in each net-pot.
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:
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.
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.
May 11 = Day 189. Added 1.0 gal of fresh hydroponic fluid.
May 26 = Day 204. All remaining leaves harvested for making a big batch of pesto sauce. Total amount of fluid used = 9.5 gallons.