what to do with herbs that have bolted?

rosiegirl8July 21, 2012


i have oregano and sage growing in a container together outside of my garden bed. this is their second year of growth and they were doing great. now a bunch of the stalks have bolted and flowered. there are a bunch of new shoots with nice green healthy leaves that haven't bolted.

should i just cut the bolted stalks or leave them? thanks!

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Oregano and sage (S. offinalis) are both fine after flowering. In fact, I only ever harvest sage after blooming and often harvest oregano while in bloom.

Of note, sage has gorgeous blue flowers and the cloud of pink/purple blooms on oregano is quite pretty as well. These herbs are at home in the flower bed as well as the herb garden. Enjoy the blooms!


    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 11:43AM
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thanks! so i can just leave all the bolted and non-bolted stalks alone?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 2:08PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

You can harvest as you want but I would encourage you not to clip the sage flowers. They are just too pretty. But no clipping of either is required.


    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 3:40PM
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