Basil Plants

Tall Basil

Anonymous added on March 26, 2016 | Answered

My basil is extremely tall (ladies arm length high) and with a recent lack of rain and water restrictions, it's just dropped all but its very crest of leaves (half pinched flowered approx 3 weeks ago). How far back can I prune it without killing it entirely?

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Answered on March 26, 2016

Since basil is a rapid grower you can be quite aggressive in cutting it back. According to the article below you can "cut the herb back about ΒΌ inch above a node, 3 inches from the base of the plant. Leave a few inches of leaves on the plant after pruning."

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