Look what my basil did!

basil flowers


It flowered!

This is actually a bad things, pretty though the flowers may be. When a plant flowers, it stops putting energy into its leaves and starts putting energy into its flowers. This is good if you like flowers, but it actually makes the leaves taste bitter. So this basil is bitter and not as flavorful as it was before.

So, if you notice your herbs or greens growing a lot and making a strange “crown” on top, you should probably cut it off, since it is most probably getting ready to flower. (Remember the lettuce? It flowered and got too bitter to eat!)

Sorry my post is so short this week! It will hopefully be longer next week.

Pinch those flowers and I’ll post again next week!