Some questions about Basil
Mel Mcbride Posts: 112
in Fruit & veg
I've just bought two basil plants from Asda, to eat.
But now I'm wonder if I could force one to seed and harvest them for next year? Had a look around on google only finding how to harvest after they seed, and how to sow them, but nothing on how and why they seed, or if I can manipulate them to seed
A packet of basil seeds will cost you less than two plants from a supermarket, and, sown next spring will provide you with hundreds of plants
Yeah much cheaper Dove lol
Just wanted to do it for the fun of it.
You can also propagate it like mint. Take a decent stem, strip of fthe lower leaves and put it in a glass of water. Once decent roots from, pot into compost. Do it regularly and you can perpetutae your plants through the year and keep yourself supplied from just one or two plants.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Ah ok, thanks Obelixx. Do they just not flower in the UK?
I have grow lights, I could manipulate them very easily.
Yeah I see. Thank you Philippa. I've done the same to a spinach plant and been warned no to eat the leaves at this point. Do you have any idea when they flower? There's no sign of bolting at all just now, maybe it will happen if I give it miracle-gro and lots of sunshine?
I found a post online about a women worried about her's bolting, it wasn't this year, but it was in July.. feeling hopeful!
If you want plants to bolt, sow/plant them too close together at the wroing time, don't feed, water erratically and forget to harvest. Never fails for me!
sounds like what's happened to my spinach! Bolted already! At great speed! And I've seemingly followed your instructions to a tee Steve!
Hi everyone, i'm new to gardening & still learning so please excuse my ignorance, what does "bolting" mean?