The answer to this question depends on how old the plant is and the rate of growth. Your AeroGarden will come with some basic harvesting instructions. There are some special rules when it comes to harvesting herbs grown in an AeroGarden.
Also, there are some things that are ‘normal’ when it comes to how you prune your plants. The normal part is that you always cut above a set of starter leaves, beginning your first pruning when there are three sets of leaves. Also, you never prune more than 30 per cent of your plant. So, your first pruning will only cut off the very top 1/3 of your plant.
The thing that is different than outdoor gardens is that you want to treat your AeroGarden plants like bonsai trees. You don’t want to encourage sideways growth. The reason for this is two-fold. First, you want to keep the plants under the lights as much as possible. Second, sideways growth blocks the light to neighbouring plants.
So, pruning also means training to grow the plant in the direct you want to go — up — as well as making sure no neighbouring plants are being blocked.
When pruning, be sure the following take priority:
There are a few options when it comes to storing your herbs.
The first is the freeze them. That is what I do with 95 per cent of my herbs because I prefer fresh instead of dried herbs when cooking.
The second is to hang dry them in a dry place for a few weeks and let them dry naturally like they did in the before times.
The third way is to dehydrate them in a food dehydrator. This is the method I use for the 5 per cent of herbs that I want dried.
Do not remove the label. The label not only lets you know what it growing in the pod, but it also prevents algae from growing in the tank and pod. If the plant is young, it should find its way to the centre hole and all should be well.
If your plant is a bit older, then you can attempt to carefully feed it through the hole. Use something like a toothpick or needle to carefully thread it, instead of your fingers. You may apply too much force with your fingers and damage the plant.
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