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Bolting

Bolting is when crops prematurely produce a flowering stem (or stems) before the crop is harvested in a natural attempt to produce seeds reproduce. These flowering stems are usually vigorous extensions of existing leaf-bearing stems, and in order to produce them, a plant diverts resources away from producing the edible parts such as fruit, leaves, or roots, resulting in a poor quality harvest from the grower's point of view. Plants that have produced flowering stems in this way are said to have bolted. Crops which commonly bolt include lettuce, beetroot, brassicas, spinach, celery and onions.
Posted on May 8th, 2014
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