Pruning Tips For Growing Healthy Herbs

Your herbs will thrive if you trim/prune them often. It sounds counter-intuitive, but the more you cut, the more they'll grow! Don't go full buzz-cut though: do not remove more than 1/3 of the plant when you harvest.

Harvest the herbs early in the morning. Harvesting the produce before the flowering stage gives a better taste. Harvesting regularly helps in keeping the plant healthy and also gives larger produce for longer periods. When harvesting, pick a combination of some new and some older, bigger leaves. Do not take all the big leaves all at once.

The best part about some herbs is that they self-seed. So once you get the seeds, you won't need to buy them ever again. For example, mint can spread rapidly without much care which is why it is best to grow them in containers. Some herbs such as rosemary and thyme can be propagated by stem cuttings. Take 3 to 4 inches long cuttings and remove the lower leaves from the stems. Put these cuttings in compost and cover them with a plastic bag. The roots will develop in a few days. And you will have a new plant ready.

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