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Q.Wooding Basil Stems

Zone Corona | Silentstar added on September 24, 2021 | Answered

I just asked a question about the wooding stems on my basil plants. I just had a follow up question about it. Is it okay to leave the wooding stem? I spoke to someone that said to prune the green part that isn’t wooded and let that sprout roots. Is that necessary? Does leaving the wooding stems stop leaves from growing?

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Answered on September 27, 2021

There is no way to cut it that leaves no woody stem, unless you cut it to the ground. There is no reason to do that, though.

Just prune it as you would a small shrub, but use what you prune as food, instead of throwing it away. Keep flowers trimmed if you want it to be less bitter. It is possible to keep it pruned into a small shrub, and continually use the new growth as seasoning. Continuous pruning will keep it alive for as long as you give it attention.


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