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Post  jmosciaro on 5/30/2011, 10:17 am

Some of my Basil has went to seed. Does Basil keep going after going to seed or is it like lettuce where the plant is finished?
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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/30/2011, 10:28 am

If you pinch off the flowers as they come they can grow to be enormous.

This is last July


This is me clipping off the flower from a basil.



This is August of last year and they were so lovely. I have a ton of volunteers this year from them, I didnt do a great job of getting all the flowers.


I love Basils Smile
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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/30/2011, 10:38 am

Wow Ha-v-v! Mine NEVER gets that large. No wonder people freeze pesto.
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great looking basil

Post  jmosciaro on 5/30/2011, 10:40 am

thanks for the pictures!

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/30/2011, 11:58 am

jmosciaro, You are welcome Smile I do hope they help.

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Smile but its our zones, we are a bit different. Im sure if you were in my zone yours would be bushes too.

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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/30/2011, 12:02 pm

I'm just saying..... didn't know it got that big.

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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/30/2011, 12:08 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote: I'm just saying..... didn't know it got that big.

Deborah in zone 7

Ohhhh lol. 'Cause I was thinking Ive seen your garden and know you grow some pretty stuff Smile

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Post  Lavender Debs on 5/30/2011, 1:08 pm

@Ha-v-v wrote:snip......Ive seen your garden and know you grow some pretty stuff

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Aww, you are my favorite.....at least for now >grin!<
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Post  MasonGarden on 6/14/2011, 8:13 pm

WOW! I didn't realize basil could get so large! affraid I'm a first time SFG'er and just harvested the first "food" from my garden today - basil! I was hoping to use it in a recipe for dinner, but then I read online that if it has already flowered, then the leaves turn bitter. Three of my four plants had 3" long spikes of flowers already, which I cut off! Sad Should I replace the plants or are they actually ok?
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Post  Furbalsmom on 6/14/2011, 9:23 pm

I cut the flowers and keep on clipping the leaves.
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Post  MasonGarden on 6/14/2011, 9:25 pm

Sounds simple enough! So you don't experience any noticeable bitterness? Good! Just one more lesson in my first year of learning how to garden. Thanks.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 6/14/2011, 9:32 pm

I do try to clip the flowers before they get too big. If I am out in the garden often enough, I just pinch them with my fingers, but sometimes, that little patch would not get the attention it deserved, and flowers would bloom.

Did you taste a leaf or two of your basil?
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Post  MasonGarden on 6/14/2011, 9:48 pm

Actually, I did. It wasn't bad, but since I've never just eaten a single basil leaf before that wasn't part of a recipe, I don't know what it should taste like. I did notice a little "stinging" on the tip of my tongue though. Someone else said that basil clipped in the morning is sweeter, so I'll clip a few more leaves tomorrow morning from each plant and see if I notice a difference between morning and early evening, and between the plants that had flowers already open and the one that didn't.
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