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Old 06-12-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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I'm growing some Mint / Oregano / Basil. What i'm wondering, when it comes time to start using them, how do i trim them from the plant to still promote new growth? do i just want to cut at the stem? or do i just pull the leaves off?

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Old 06-12-2009, 12:36 PM   #2
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I'm growing some Mint / Oregano / Basil. What i'm wondering, when it comes time to start using them, how do i trim them from the plant to still promote new growth? do i just want to cut at the stem? or do i just pull the leaves off?

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i have grown basil and you need to pinch out the top leaves of each branch/off shoot so it will bush out and keep producing leaves, otherwise it will go to seed and no more new growth.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:40 PM   #3
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oK, so by pinching, do you mean right above a few leaves, i pinch with my fingers and break it off?

out of curiosity, why would i want to pinch/break it off? why not use scissors?
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:49 PM   #4
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oK, so by pinching, do you mean right above a few leaves, i pinch with my fingers and break it off?

out of curiosity, why would i want to pinch/break it off? why not use scissors?
just pinch out the heart (don't break it off) of the very top of each shoot. just use your fingers becauce you don't want to damage the plant. my mom had a neon green thumb and her basil plants looked like bushes and we had so much basil we put it up in jars with olive oil and salt that lasted all winter (was wonderful to pour out the basil flavored oil to fry in or dip in). if you see white flowers it's to late, it has gone to seed. this is my experiences with basil. mine would go to seed if my mom didn't keep on me, hers never did.
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Actually:

1) You don't have to "pinch" off herb branches with your fingers - scissors work just fine. I use them all the time.

2) When your basil flowers, it hasn't "gone to seed" yet. It hasn't "gone to seed" until the flowers fade & seeds actually form. Either way though, as flowers &/or seeds form, do keep them cut off, otherwise the plant will consider its job done & will stop producing new foliage.
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Actually:

1) You don't have to "pinch" off herb branches with your fingers - scissors work just fine. I use them all the time.

2) When your basil flowers, it hasn't "gone to seed" yet. It hasn't "gone to seed" until the flowers fade & seeds actually form. Either way though, as flowers &/or seeds form, do keep them cut off, otherwise the plant will consider its job done & will stop producing new foliage.
like i said this is my experiences with basil. and i always think once they begin to flower the taste changes as the plant is getting ready to seed.
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Another note: as the end of the growing season approaches, two plusses to finally allowing your basil to go to seed are 1) once mature you can save & sow the seed next season, & 2) if you just leave the seed heads, you'll end up with a number of self-sown seedlings the following season. I have a bunch coming up just in a big pot that I had a basil plant in last summer.
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I'm so glad I'm not the only one "green" to learning more about basil. I have read your post with interest because I have a plant and want to start using it. In fact I have a post on here today about using the herb and have had some replies that I am going to use this afternoon and make some salad dressing.
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It looks like basil has been pretty well covered so I'm going to chime in about mint. No need to do anything to promote growth because it grows like crazy! Be sure you have it in a container or it will take over your garden. I planted some once before I knew this and it spread all over the place!
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It looks like basil has been pretty well covered so I'm going to chime in about mint. No need to do anything to promote growth because it grows like crazy! Be sure you have it in a container or it will take over your garden. I planted some once before I knew this and it spread all over the place!
you are so rite!! you can't kill them. my mom planted one of each peppermint and spearmint and we wound up with a forrest of them. her favorite uses were mint sweet tea and she would also thin slice zucchini, fry in olive oil then she would put the zucchini and oil in a bowl with mint leaves and chill, she loved them i didn't. our cat would sleep outside sometimes in the mint forrest and he smelled so good.
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