[Market-farming] Pinching Back Basil

Allan Balliett aballiett at frontiernet.net
Thu Apr 19 07:59:22 EDT 2007

Can someone remind me what the best node for pinching back sweet 
basil starts is?  Thanks -Allan

Begin pinching off or trimming off the growing tip(s) of the branches 
when the plants are 4 to 6 inches tall. Repeat this several times 
until the plants are as bushy as desired. When the plants become 
quite dense, you can simply trim or shear them regularly and use the 
shearings in cooking. Or you can cut off a larger proportion of the 
plant for harvest, especially if you plan to dry or freeze a quantity 
of basil all at one time. These more drastic harvests can be done 
just a few times a season as they are stressful on the plants and 
eventually the plants just "wear out". In either case, the trimming 
prevents the plant from flowering and it regrows in order to try to 

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