basil - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by nandjtoscano
June 30, 2010
how do I cut for use without ruining the continued progress of growth?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Basil can be harvested a leaf or a branch at a time for fresh use or can be allowed to reach its mature size then trimmed back by about half, allowed to regrow and trimmed again and so on. The latter works well for drying (or freezing) in quantity. I usually begin harvesting the odd leaf here and there when the plant has grown about six or eight leaves. Pinching helps the plants branch and grow sturdier so it is fine to start early. I use the pinchings, too. Pinching can be done as soon as the plant is several inches tall and repeated occasionally. Enjoy!

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