Basil: first pruning

Basil grows vigorously, and without judicious pruning it can just about take over the AeroGarden. But the right kind of pruning can reward you with a bountiful harvest of fragrant basil for several months!

The first pruning is the most important for creating a bushy, multi-branched plant.  When the young basil has developed three sets of leaves, cut the main stem right above the third set (in the photo, it's quite small  but you can see it curling forwards right below the point of the garden shears). That's all there is to it!

Photo of basil at pruning point

Want more information on how to prune and harvest herbs?  Check out our tutorial video below that demonstrates the proper way to prune Genovese Basil. Click here for even more details and instructions for pruning and harvesting.

2 thoughts on “Basil: first pruning”

  • I bougth basil, mint and cilantro, basil and mint are growing great, but cilantro did not at all. I watch every day and nothing is coming out from the cilantro little cone. ¿Are you going to send me a new cilantro seeds? Please let me know...

    Thanks in advance,

  • I am so disappointed I pruned my basil and it has died. Also all the herbs I have planted none of them have come up. I do not know what I have done wrong.


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