Basil - Knowledgebase Question

Gilbert, Ar
Question by leoskeeper
August 8, 2009
my basil plant has flowered already. Should I destroy that plant and plant new ones? I heard that once it flowers, the taste is not good anymore.

Same question for oregano.

Diane from Gilbert AZ

Answer from NGA
August 8, 2009


It's true, once basil and oregano flower, the plants will die. You can collect seeds and replant them or you can set out new transplants. I'd wait until September, though, when the weather cools down a bit. Hot weather can make herbs bolt.

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