You can add more basil flowers to the jar as you have them along with more vinegar to cover. Basil is a member of the mint family lamiaceae with over 40 known varieties.
Whitefly traps come on a stake that you can easily press down into the soil next to your basil plant.
Basil plant with white flowers. Place freshly snipped basil flowers into a clean glass jar and cover them with red or white wine vinegar. The basil plant grows from a thick taproot and has silky green opposite paired oval leaves which grow to be 3 11 cm 1 2 4 3 in long and 1 6 cm 0 4 2 4 in branching out from the central stem. Basil used as a companion plant discourages whitefly infestations.
This basil is commonly used in indonesian and thai cuisine and can be used in noodle or curry dishes to give an oriental flavor to cooking. If your basil plant has flowered the question of what to do depends on what you are growing the herb for. Strain out the basil flowers you can compost or discard them.
Once the plants start to get too big i cut them back and make pesto then let the plants regrow till about mid october and make another whole batch. Erect a whitefly trap also known as a yellow sticky trap in your basil plant. How to plant basil.
The question is then should basil be allowed to flower and if so can you eat basil flowers. Some basil plants flower quicker than others and there s great variety in the way the flowers look. For larger varieties plant farther apart about 16 to 24 inches.
The plant produces small white flowers which are clustered on a single spike at the top of the plant. The leaves give off a vibrant citrus scent and the small white flowers that are produced at the end of summer also have a lemon aroma. This type of basil has a distinct lemon flavor with a hint of anise.
Plant seeds seedlings about inch deep and 10 to 12 inches apart. Tomatoes make great neighbors for basil plants in the garden and on the plate. I have about 5 varieties of basil and i snip the flowers off daily because it does get a bitter taste and the plant grows better fuller.
Tomatoes and basil pair well in the kitchen and basil improves the flavor of tomatoes when grown together according to the cornell university extension. Keep the jar covered in between basil additions. They should grow to about 12 to 24 inches in height.
Transfer the vinegar to a clean glass jar or cruet and cap or cork tightly. I have another variety that sends up delicate white flowers. These flowers are pretty but they are also a sign that the plant is shutting down and going into reproduction mode instead of growth mode which would shoot out the necessary basil leaves for my pesto cravings.
Is your basil growing in a location that is hot humid and the weather is sending your plants into overdrive. Plant three to six basil plants around the base of tomatoes. A tomato plant center growing alongside basil.
Once the jar is full leave it to infuse for at least a week. Then you are probably seeing stalks shooting up from your plant covered in pretty white or purple flowers these flowers are a sign that the plant is shutting down and going into reproduction mode.