It’s hot outside. Gardeners can escape summer’s heat by retreating to the air-conditioning or a shady porch, but garden plants... Read more »
August in the garden can be challenging for both gardeners and plants. Read more »
Extreme heat merits triage treatments Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Pruner, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear technology m... Read more »
Specifically designed to reduce the effort required to cut tough tree and shrub branches, this durable pruner includes an easy-... Read more »
This pro-style pruner features adjustable blade tension to fit your hand strength and the toughness of the material you’re cutt... Read more »
Reusable snack packs are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic baggies, and not only are they much cuter, they’ll... Read more »
Using Duck Tape® to cover a simple notebook can take your journals from mediocre to marvelous in no time! Read more »
These sturdy little Duck Tape® magnetic pockets are easy to make and will help keep a locker organized and small school suppli... Read more »
As the parent of a picky eater, my morning routine before school always entails packing a lunch. Read more »
With a new school year on the horizon, it is time to refocus on our fall wardrobe. Read more »
This simple school skirt is very easy to make and beginner seamstresses will enjoy making more than one! Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Shears sense blade separation an... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Taking a photo of your children on their first day back at school after a long summer is a tradition in many families. Read more »
It's time to get into back-to-school mode! That means it's time to begin browsing the store shelves for the necessities to hel... Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
A new school year calls for a new set of accessories. Read more »
There is something fun and freeing about creating mixed media art, especially when you only need a few tools and a little time... Read more »
With school coming up, it is time to start planning and organizing. Read more »
Infused with avant-garde Scandinavian style, our Quantum™ Pruner integrates only the highest-grade materials with Scandinavian... Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Use our AdvantEdge™ Punch System with any Fiskars border punch cartridge (sold separately) to add perfectly aligned decorative... Read more »
Bolting is one of those terms long-time farmers know and bemoan, but say, “Hey, your lettuce is about to ‘bolt’” to a newbie gardener, and a quizzical look is probably going to be their response.Bolting sounds like the plant is about ready to pull up roots and start running for the hills, and in a way it is.
Bolting is a term used when a plant rapidly transitions from a vigorous green-growth phase to suddenly sending up unwanted flower heads. So, when a squash or tomato plant begins to put on flowers, which will become edible fruits, that is not bolting. But, when an edible leafy green like spinach sends up a flower head, that growth is called bolting. It happens rapidly, within just a few days. And, it means that the leafy green crop is about kaput for the season.
In the case of the tomato, we want it to put some focused energy into producing flowers that become tasty fruits, and it will do this for most of the growing season once it begins to flower. But with leafy greens like basil or cabbage or kale, we want the plant to stay focused on generating big crops of robust leaves rather than squandering its limited resources on creating flowers for seed.
Bolting can happen for a number of reasons, most of which come down to stressful impacts. These traumatic moments trigger the plant to refocus its growth patterns, investing in creating seed, which will create its next generation. In the process, it begins allowing itself to peter out. Stems become tough and sturdy to support seed heads, and leaves become less plentiful and sweet.
Many spring crops are sensitive to high heat days of summer, which may cause them to begin forming seed. In other situations, plants like chard may try to set seed when stressed by droughty conditions or pest infestations. Overcrowding plants is another cause for bolting; too little room may mean too few resources for congested veggies. And, in some cases, seasonal light changes can also trigger a plant to bolt.
To avoid bolting in the heat, try planting heat-tolerant varieties. Seeding them into partially shady locations may also keep your salad bowl full for summer. Be sure to thin your crops, monitor for pests, and keep your watering consistent to encourage your leafy edibles to keep calm and plod along cooperatively. If your bolting crop is an edible flower like broccoli or artichoke, harvest it before the flower even hints at opening.
Even if you employ all of these techniques, some plants will just up and bolt on you anyway. Putting on flowers to create seed and spread their genetics and progeny is part of nature. If you happen to see your crops sending up a tiny bud, try pinching it out early using a pair of Fiskars® Softouch® Micro-Tip® Pruning Snips for a clean, precise cut. Sometimes, this will help the plant revert to its green growth plan instead. Or, just uproot the uncooperative edible, and serve it for your next meal. The seeds from many crops won’t hold true to form for planting in the future without some very careful pollination management.
That being said, one crop that’s notorious for bolting is Cilantro. When flowering, Cilantro makes a great pollinator attractor. Plus, the seeds that eventually form are the spice Coriander, which is fantastic in any number of cuisines – used green or dried for winter meals.