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what to do with herbs that have bolted?

Posted by rosiegirl8 NYC area (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 21, 12 at 10:24


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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RE: what to do with herbs that have bolted?

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!


RE: what to do with herbs that have bolted?

thanks! so i can just leave all the bolted and non-bolted stalks alone?

RE: what to do with herbs that have bolted?

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.


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