- Harvest your plant after every 3 to 4 weeks, by cutting off growing tip of the plant.
- Before you cut the tip, ensure the plant has 3 sets of leaves, and reached a height of one foot. It is best to wait for the plant to have around 4 to 6 leaves to start the harvesting.
- Leave the smallest of the leaves on the top so that you can chop them off next harvest season.
- If by chance you do not clip off the leaves on time, then they will turn yellow, lose their turgidity, and fall off by themselves.
- If you are growing basil indoors, then you do not have to worry about their growth as they will grow throughout the year. But if you are growing it outdoors, then you have to dig the herb out of your garden and plant it indoors, in order to protect it from the first frost, and also to help them survive the winters.
When to Harvest
The best time to harvest basil is in the morning, just after morning dew, but before the temperature starts increasing. The night before you harvest this herb, water it well in order to get rid of all the collected dust particles. Morning is the time when the essential oils are at their best, hence this gives a strong flavor to the leaves of the basil.