It won’t take long for the greens and herbs you’re growing in the Miracle-Gro® Twelve™ Indoor Growing System to get big enough to eat and enjoy. Before you start snipping, though, check out these harvest tips.
It won’t take long for the greens and herbs you’re growing in the Miracle-Gro® Twelve™ Indoor Growing System to get big enough to eat and enjoy. Before you start snipping, though, check out these harvest tips for getting the most out of your hydroponically grown plants while encouraging them to keep on growing.
When to harvest: Each new plant needs to mature a bit before you start snipping. Allow it to get at least 4 to 6 inches tall before you take your first harvest. That way, your plant will be strong, sturdy, and leafy enough to continue producing.
What to use to harvest: Anytime you cut a plant, you want to make sure to use a sharp, clean tool so the plant will have an easier time healing and recovering. Use kitchen shears or garden snips, and wipe down the blades after each harvest.
How much to harvest: If you cut too much of the plant, it may have a hard time recovering and won’t grow as quickly or well as it should. Harvest frequently (doing so will actually encourage more growth), but don’t remove more than 1/3 of the plant’s leaves or stems at any one time.
How to harvest greens: Starting with those on the bottom of the plant, snip the older outside leaves once they’re at least 4 inches long. Leave the younger inner leaves to continue to grow and produce greens for future harvests.
How to harvest herbs: For best, bushiest growth, be sure to harvest often. Snip stem tops, cutting directly above a set of leaves, or trim off full stems from the outside of the plant. With herbs like basil and sage, you can also pinch off individual leaves.
How to keep the harvest coming: Don’t let your herbs flower or the plants will begin to focus on reproduction instead of leaf growth. Snip or pinch off blooms as soon as you see them.
That brings us to one of the best reasons to grow in the Miracle-Gro® Twelve™ Indoor Growing System: With delicious greens and herbs growing near (or even in) your kitchen, you can harvest while you’re assembling your favorite recipe. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!