Question About Greek Columnar Basil

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How to harvest the basil ? When can I harvest the leaves ?


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Gords-You can begin to lightly harvest the leaves after the plant has become established. This is best done in the early morning when the temperature is cooler making it less likely for the leaves to wilt. After the plants have grown for approximately 6 weeks pinch off the center shoot of the basil plant to force side growth and prevent early flowering. If flower stalks develop, cut them off. The best time to harvest basil is just as the plant starts to bud, well before flowers bloom. Snip leaves or branches at this time and pinch off flower buds to keep the plant productive. You also can cut the entire plant about 6 to 8 inches above ground, leaving at least one node with two young shoots intact. The plant should produce a second but smaller harvest several weeks later.

I noted below the link to the Greek Columnar Basil plant file in Gardenality. Just click on the link to go directly to the plant file. There you will find this information and others that may be interesting to you.

http://www.gardenality.com/Plants/2631/Herb-Plants/Greek-Columnar-Basil.html

Please ask if you have any other questions.

John)



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