National Indoor Gardening Month - Pruning
With proper pruning and harvesting you can increase the yield, health and appearance of your herb garden. They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words, so we’ve created step by step instructional video to help you out. See video below.
The main points outlined in the video are summarized here:
- Prune early and often, especially fast growing basil. In the video, we show the first pruning on a very young garden. The earlier you start pruning, the more you’ll harvest long term!
- Keep your lights as low as possible as long as possible. This means prune your fast growing tall plants to keep your lights within 4 inches of your shortest plant.
- Prune horizontal growth so that it does not block light to neighboring plants.
- Always prune at a leaf joint. A leaf joint is the point of connection of a leaf with the stem from which a bud arises.
- Never prune more than a 1/3 of the plant at one time.
- Pruning the newest growth of basil plants will create more leaf growth and less stem growth.
- To keep your thyme and mint plants bushy, remove the pieces that have long stems and few leaves.
- Rotate the pods and put the fullest side of the plants out and the thinner side in towards the center of the garden.
- Basil, mint and dill are fast growing plants and require more pruning than thyme, oregano, parsley and dill which are slower growing.