Genovese Basil Queston

tomatofiendJuly 27, 2012

I have a question regarding the pruning of my genovese basil plant. I know that I should not let the plant go to seed in order to retain the flavor and amount of leaves. I'm a little unclear as to when the plant is considered to be flowering. I've seen obvious flowers and I've picked those off. But would you all consider this the beginning of a flower? I've attached pics. Thanks

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Anything that doesn't look like a leaf or a leaf bud is probably a flower, the start of flowers, or the resultant seed pods.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:22PM
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opal52(z7b GA)

Your basil is putting up bloom shoots. If you want to extend the harvest life, try cutting back hard and then give it some liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks. Especially if it is grown in a container. I do this multiple times per season, and the plants produce another batch of the tender and tasty deep green leaves.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 12:47PM
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tomatofiend

Thanks. The weather's been so hot these things seem to bolt non-stop...

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 2:37PM
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wally_1936(8b)

I do hope you are going to let at least one plant to go to seed as fresh seeds will provide you a lot more plants next year. Much better than any store bought seeds. They do not even need to be harvested over the winter if you just do not have time to harvest them once the dry out.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:09PM
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