What Does Bolting Mean?
What is bolting? Bolting is a horticultural term for when a plant prematurely develops a flowering stalk (in a natural attempt to produce seed) before the crop has been harvested.
In this video, Mignonette will share her tips on what is bolting.
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Hey, Mignonette here with your down and dirty garden tip. My tip for you today is, what is bolting?
Bolting is a garden jargon word and basically bolting just explains or describes when a plant comes to the end of its lifecycle.
This lettuce here, it has bolted. In other words, it has finished producing and has started to produce seeds
Now, lettuces and other leafy plants will usually produce flowers and those flowers will produce seeds. And of course, you use those seeds to replant and keep that species going. It’s how the plant give something back in the end of it’s life process.
When a plant starts to bolt, you can allow it to flower, even though it will usually alter the flavor of the plant and not in a good way. But the good news is that pollinators like these and wasps love the flowers from a bolted plant, and so you can allow it to flower. Or, you can pull it out of the ground, compost it, and make room for whatever is next in your garden.
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