Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tips For Pruning Your Herbs At Home

A herb garden is one of my pride and joy's.  I am never happy about buying herbs at the store and I rarely ever do.  Here are a few useful tips for beginners pruning your herbs at home so your plants will supply you with months or years of fresh, delicious, and best of all FREE herbs for your home.  If you are looking to buy some herb plants check out your local nursery, Whole Foods or even Trader Joe's has a wonderful selection of plants you can easily grow at home.

  • Annual herbs, should not be allowed to flower. Deadheading them involves clipping off flower buds before they start to bloom. Deadheading helps these herbs to develop their best aromas and flavors.
  • Trim just the top leaves off less developed annual herb plants. Trim whole stems from the base of the plant for larger annual herb plants that are showing a considerable amount of growth.
  • Allow Coriander/Cilantro to flower only if you intend on harvesting the seeds. If not, remove flower stems as soon as they appear.
  • Cut back herb foliage whenever you transplant the plant. It will reduce transpiration and stress on the roots.
  • Prune excess growth on herb plants that are grown close together to keep air circulating around each plant. Simply trim the ends off as you see necessary.
  • Harvest herb leaves and flowers in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun burns off the essential oils
  • Prune thyme back in the fall to keep the stems from becoming too woody for the following spring growth.
  • Allow lavender plants to grow freely throughout the summer and then cut them back in early fall by 1/3 - 1/2.  This keeps bushes young and healthy.

  • Do you grow herbs at home?
    Are there any tips not listed that you can share with us?


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