Bitter tasting basil is a common problem when growing basil plants. There are many reasons why your basil tastes bad. Some of them include:
The temperature is too low or too high. Too much sun or not enough light can cause this problem. If the soil is not well drained, it will affect the growth rate of your plants as well as causing problems with root development and other issues.
Too much fertilizer can cause this problem. You may have a fungus or bacterial infection on your plants. Fungi and bacteria are two types of microorganisms that live in soil and they can affect the flavor of certain foods.
These organisms often grow quickly and spread rapidly through the environment, so if you have a few infected plants, it could be dangerous to your business if all of them become sick at once!
You may have over fertilized your plants. Over fertilization causes the roots of your plants to get damaged and possibly die. Without enough nutrients, your plants won’t develop properly and their growth will slow down.
You may have a poor drainage system on your property. Poor drainage systems can cause water to pool up in the bottom of pots instead of running off into the ground where it belongs. Water that pools up in these pots can cause mold growth and even kill your basil plants!
You may have gotten a bad set of basil seeds to begin with. If you get them from a bad source, they may just come out tasting terrible!
Too much frost or too little sun can cause them to taste bad as well.
The next time you start experiencing problems with basil plants, try some or all of the tips above to fix the problem. Also, try some the basil seed solutions listed above as well.
Also you can try to make a delicious pesto sauce out of your bitter tasting basil plants!
If you can’t sell it, at least you’ll be able to enjoy it!
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