While beautiful, bolting herbs are generally not a gardeners favorite thing. For several types of herbs this means that their life cycle is coming to an end. Many gardeners will pinch off the flowers on plants like basil or cilantro to try and prolong their life, and this is definitely a recommended practice.
But what if you want to save the seeds for next year?
I like to let some of my herbs flower so I can save the seeds for next year. Especially when I know a plant won’t make it through the winter. Basil is probably my favorite herb to save seeds from. Last year was the first time I tried this and the sweet basil plant I grew this year came from those seeds. There is something so special about that.
Since it is the end of the summer I let both my sweet basil plant and cinnamon basil plant go to seed. Thankfully they both still have plenty of leaves to harvest and use in recipes like caprese salad, but a good handful of the seedpods were dried up and ready to be pulled off.
Below is a step-by-step how to in saving those basil seeds for next year.1 First the basil plant has to flower. Enjoy these flowers since it’s not everyday you let your herbs do this.
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