Should you allow the herbs in your garden to bloom?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2017
    No then they do to seed

  • To Work With My Hands To Work With My Hands on May 26, 2017
    It depends on what you want. If you allow them to bloom, they'll produce seeds. If you're using open-pollinated varieties, then you just got free plants for the next season! Dill blooms are wonderful for pickles. On the other hand, herbs tend to slow their growth when they're putting energy into blooms. It's really just about what you're going for.

  • Marcie Marcie on May 28, 2017
    I don't let mine bloom, as it changes the tasted of the herb. Also, some herbs I don't want to let bloom and seed, such as onions and chives. They'll spread everywhere!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 28, 2017
    Dill is the only one I allow to go to seed as it will give me seeds for next year, the rest I remove the flowers when I see buds beginning to prolong their season and taste. I had my herb pots in part shade last year and had good growth, but nothing other than the dill went to seed so I had a season for the herbs.

  • I grow enough that I let them go to seed and then I use those seeds for the following year. Once an herb "goes to seed" they typically become bitter and not tasty. If you use often enough, it will take a while before they seed out. I also cut and dry the herbs for future use too.

  • I let mine go to seed as that is what I use (partially) for the following year. Once they start to flower they get bitter and not tasty. If you see it thinking about flowering, pinch off before it has a chance to grow.