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  1. #1
    Kent Guest

    Default Trimming and using older basal plant

    I've been cultivating a basal plan for the past several months. It's had
    exuberant grow of large leaves until recently. Now the plan is smaller, with
    smaller leaves and tiny "flowerettes" on top. Our nighttime low here is
    about 45F. What do you do when the temp goes below freezing? We only get to
    about 30F in the middle of winter. Can you eat the little flowerettes?

    Thanks,

    Kent






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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Trimming and using older basal plant

    On Sat, 30 Oct 2010 11:41:47 -0700, Kent wrote:

    > I've been cultivating a basal plan for the past several months. It's had
    > exuberant grow of large leaves until recently. Now the plan is smaller, with
    > smaller leaves and tiny "flowerettes" on top. Our nighttime low here is
    > about 45F. What do you do when the temp goes below freezing? We only get to
    > about 30F in the middle of winter. Can you eat the little flowerettes?


    Have you ever heard the term "Dot your I's and cross your T's"?
    You seem to have a problem with those letters.

    It's not rocket science. You move your basal plan inside.

    -sw

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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Trimming and using older basal plant

    On Oct 30, 11:41*am, "Kent" <aka.k...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I've been cultivating a basal plan for the past several months. It's had
    > exuberant grow of large leaves until recently. Now the plan is smaller, with
    > smaller leaves and tiny "flowerettes" on top. Our nighttime low here is
    > about 45F. What do you do when the temp goes below freezing? We only get to
    > about 30F in the middle of winter. Can you eat the little flowerettes?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Kent


    Do you mean basil? It's going to flower before it goes to seed.
    It's an annual.
    If you want to let it go to seed, take it inside. Otherwise it will
    get too cold and just die.

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    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Trimming and using older basal plant

    On Oct 30, 1:41*pm, "Kent" <aka.k...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I've been cultivating a basal plan for the past several months. It's had
    > exuberant grow of large leaves until recently. Now the plan is smaller, with
    > smaller leaves and tiny "flowerettes" on top. Our nighttime low here is
    > about 45F. What do you do when the temp goes below freezing? We only get to
    > about 30F in the middle of winter. Can you eat the little flowerettes?


    Yes. I've been pillaging the poor basil plants outside all Summer/
    Fall. and I'm sorry to say they are coming to their demise soon. But
    I've been eating the tippy tops be them leaves or flowerettes for a
    while now. The flowerettes have a little more 'bite' to their flavor,
    but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    John Kuthe...

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    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Trimming and using older basal plant

    Kent wrote:
    > I've been cultivating a basal plan for the past several months. It's had
    > exuberant grow of large leaves until recently. Now the plan is smaller, with
    > smaller leaves and tiny "flowerettes" on top. Our nighttime low here is
    > about 45F. What do you do when the temp goes below freezing? We only get to
    > about 30F in the middle of winter. Can you eat the little flowerettes?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Kent
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >

    Put the basil in a pot and take it indoors if you have a very sunny window.

    Cut off the flowers. They will turn into seedheads and make the leaves
    bitter. The plant will stop producing new leaves when seeds form.

    The smaller leaves are in response to shorter daylight hours and
    less intense sun. I doubt your plant will live through the winter if
    it gets that cold. Basil is a Mediterranean plant that becomes an
    annual in cold climates.

    gloria p

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    bulka Guest

    Default Re: Trimming and using older basal plant

    On Oct 30, 2:41 pm, "Kent" <aka.k...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I've been cultivating a basal plan for the past several months. It's had
    > exuberant grow of large leaves until recently. Now the plan is smaller, with
    > smaller leaves and tiny "flowerettes" on top. Our nighttime low here is
    > about 45F. What do you do when the temp goes below freezing? We only get to
    > about 30F in the middle of winter. Can you eat the little flowerettes?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Kent


    Sure, eat the flowers. A pretty garnish. Pluck them all summer so the
    plant keeps putting its work into the leaves. When it gets cold, your
    plants are done. Strip 'em down to sticks and freeze the leaves.

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    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Trimming and using older basal plant


    "ImStillMags" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    On Oct 30, 11:41 am, "Kent" <aka.k...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I've been cultivating a basal plan for the past several months. It's had
    > exuberant grow of large leaves until recently. Now the plan is smaller,
    > with
    > smaller leaves and tiny "flowerettes" on top. Our nighttime low here is
    > about 45F. What do you do when the temp goes below freezing? We only get
    > to
    > about 30F in the middle of winter. Can you eat the little flowerettes?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Kent


    Do you mean basil? It's going to flower before it goes to seed.
    It's an annual.
    If you want to let it go to seed, take it inside. Otherwise it will
    get too cold and just die.
    >
    >

    Howd'ya let it seed? Whad'ya do to help it? Do you plant the flowerettes?
    Thanks from an ignoramus,
    Kent




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