Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Harvesting Cinnamon Basil Seeds

 Let me start of by saying that I don't know how to gather seeds from my basil plants.  I just basically did what was intuitive.  Two months ago, my basil plants started flowering.  I didn't really want them to go to seed since I've read that the plant dies afterward. However, a very nice person mailed me some herb seeds (Rosemary, Parsley, etc).  I figured it would be fitting if I sent her some of my seeds too since I knew that she didn't have cinnamon basil. 

Well it's been two months.  I figured the flowers would've matured already. Intuitively, I should wait for the pods to dry before harvesting.  However, I figured if it did it too late, the pods would release the seeds and I might end up harvesting nothing.  Some of the pods were drying up, but most still seemed fresh.  I have about 7-8 cinnamon basil and Thai basil plants that are flowering.  I cut them all.

I figure I should dry them for a week or so.  I put the harvested flowers / pods into a dry paper bag inside the house.  I hope I'm doing the right thing. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by. How funny that you posted about herbs --that is my next posting. Will have to read the previous post, I see it is about your worm bin. My worms escaped because of the space between the lid and the bottom. I don't pack the space like some folks do.


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