3 Methods for Pruning Herbs To Stimulate New Growth

3 Methods for Pruning Herbs To Stimulate New Growth

When pruning herbs for harvest or for shape, it’s vital to follow the ‘rules’ of the plant…the way it naturally grows. This way you’ll stimulate new, delicious growth as well as shape the plant over the course of the season or seasons.

We’ll be pruning rosemary, green onions, and of course the classic basil in this video to demonstrate a few different approaches.


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  1. arthanius1 on July 25, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    This is great info and support! I watch a lot of your work. It has taught me so much!

  2. edtorib on July 25, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Please create a video about Cilantro care.

  3. dana hickles on July 25, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    How do you know what type of pruners to use?

  4. TheCoolCookieShow on July 25, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    My basil is tasting like black liquorice anything I can do about that

  5. Elizabeth Noble on July 25, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Watching from Guyana, lovely.

  6. rojer on July 25, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    One summer, I had a "Holy Basil" that was quite sweet. Unfortunately, I did not know how to continue to propagate it at the time. Totally, my favorite. Tulsi doesn’t seem to be the right plant – unless it just happened to be the nurture vs the nature of the plant. The next family of plants to investigate might be the radishes – from horseradish to wasabi to the French Breakfast and French Dressing, etc. I am at 6,800′, zone 6A (Cfa) and would really like soup and salad plants and radish leaves and bulbs meet that need.

  7. Kiki Leung on July 25, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    been searching forever on pruning rosemary techiniques, and this is the only informative video thanks

  8. Milissa Leatherwood on July 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I think you meant a hydra. Medusa doesn’t grow new heads 😂

  9. KBV Vl on July 25, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Thyme please _ it always dies on me

  10. Raksha Rusia on July 25, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    How about – Coriander, Mint, and Spinach?

  11. Sandra Benner on July 25, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    White +/or pink flowered? Golden (carpet)
    How to prune for control And cultvation? (It can be better thn grass, softer to walk on and fragrant, edible herb.
    Also Cilantro/Coriander. How to prune (types?) to slow/stop bolting.

  12. Steve C on July 25, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Good stuff as usual! My thyme flowered and looks really different. Can I save it, or start fresh with a new planting? I potted a small section that had rooted away from the main plant, but I’m worried that it will also flower. Thanks Kevin.

  13. Rosemarie Mom on July 25, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    I discovered chocolate mint… OMG smells like a peppermint patty. Have you tried that… Love It.

  14. Aparna Easwar on July 25, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    So I dry some lavender for shortbread n’ stuff, lavender pruning is easy, snip the flower off right above where the first pair of leaves start.

  15. nic mic on July 25, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Hydra not Medusa

  16. Ami Hontalas on July 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks. Can you do cilantro?

  17. Pascual Barrera on July 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    This helps alot thank you one of the most trusted gardening tips videos I watch are yours and one other.

  18. Sarah Neu on July 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Medusa does the stone trick.

  19. Denise Boiridy on July 25, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Please show me how to prune parsley

  20. Inspiration on July 25, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    The basil flowers make a great tea

  21. At Home With Roma on July 25, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Great tips!!

  22. Meymi on July 25, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Hello. I love your very constructive videos thank you very much. I wanted to know please how to prune cilantro when it blooms and gives seeds, should we prune it like basil and keep the seeds to dry?

  23. Joe Rydzewski on July 25, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    How about parsley!!!

  24. Savage Karma on July 25, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    I’m very new to herb gardening. (like 1 day new) but I’ve never seen chives that tall and beautiful. I love chives. And I can’t wait to start growing my own.
    Can chives do well in a mason jar in the beginning?

  25. Elaine Stover on July 25, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    PARSLEY, please!

  26. De Ath Met Al Hell on July 25, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    its hydra not medusa

  27. big_ugly _builder on July 25, 2021 at 9:37 pm


  28. BubblewrapHighway on July 25, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Study fungus! 🍄🍄🍄

  29. bonnie alfke on July 25, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you! That was very helpful! Love fresh herbs.

  30. Kate on July 25, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    dill, parsley, oregano, thanks

  31. Rowdy Rob Gaming on July 25, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Youre like the only channel of this nature i actually enjoy

  32. Soren Ingram on July 25, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks locking to expand the larger concept for tasty eating

  33. Kevin Johnson on July 25, 2021 at 9:47 pm


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  35. Danuta Gajewski on July 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Balcony gardener here, with herbs in pots…but would love to see something specifically for my cat: catnip and grasses he can munch on. I can’t keep up with his voracious appetite, and those poor plants are doomed as soon as I let him loose on the balcony! Can I propagate catnip so I’m not spending $$$ every few weeks? How to prune the plants so they grow stronger? What’s the best soil to grow them in? Zone 7/8 here (British Columbia, Canada).

  36. Cindy Lemons on July 25, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    What about curly leaf parsley?

  37. chippy at work on July 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Erbs? Baysil? FFS!

  38. Ruth Salinas on July 25, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I didn’t really understand when you explained about pruning the basil. You said it’s the end of its life when flowers appear and that flowers change the taste of the herb. So if you prune the flowers it’s ok to still eat? Is there a way to prevent the flowers from blooming so my basil plant stays healthy and tasting good?

  39. Sharleen T on July 25, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I would like you to show how to prune lemon balm, dill, catnip, and cilantro please.

  40. J G on July 25, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Should you wait until a rosemary plant is large or should i go ahead and prune the taller lead stems now, my plant is only about 10 inches tall with 3-4 main stems.

  41. Julie Wood on July 25, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks much

  42. Laurie Darrow on July 25, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Excellent video! It’s a 10!

  43. Change your Thumb from Black to Green with Joseph! on July 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Could you please do a pruning video on mint? Also could you do a video on creeping herbs?

  44. Meaghan Loranger on July 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Hello. I just started following you because I wanted advice on care for my cucumbers. I recently planted peppermint, do you have any videos on that? as well as how to make an essential oil with it?

  45. Epic Gardening on July 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Clarification: For green onions, you can cut 1-2" above the soil, but I find the technique I described to work better for maximizing green top harvest, then you can pull and use the entire green onion once you’ve gotten what you want from the tops.

  46. Mystique Luna Sora on July 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for your tips. I’ve learned so much and my plants are looking so much better! Thank you!!

  47. Trab on July 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Herbs* not URBS Thanks for the info 🙂

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