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Pinching herbs

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 11:08 pm
by shaefins
I know I should pinch off the basil when it has 6-8 true leaves. What about thyme? I have several seedlings that are 3-4 inches high now. They're strong, not spindly, but just throwing out sets of two leaves. Should thyme be bushy?

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 1:15 am
by Gone_Tropical
there are different varieties, some grow bushy, some like a carpet creeping low. I hard trim mine in spring getting rid of all the older woody stems.
Since yours are just seedlings, I would pinch them back to encourage branching. :)

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 1:37 am
by Susan W
When small I pinch enough to cook with, without being ruthless, and as they get bigger can take off larger amounts.